XP New Motherboard PC Crashes - won't boot

MartinImber

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My PC Crashed on Friday today they fitted a new motherboard but the PC will not boot up - it wants a reinstall.!!!

I have unreplaceable pictures and ISO files on C: I don't want to lose - any ideas please?
 

KraGorn

Novice Member
Restore from a backup. :)

Sorry, but really if they are irreplaceable why haven't you got a backup copy, what happens when the disk dies as they do from time to time? :eek:

I presume the new mobo is not the same model as the old one, this means XP's low-level chipset drivers can't initialise the board and hence XP can't boot. In theory you could re-install and overwrite the current Windows tree while at the same time preserving your files, in practice I personally have never tried it.

For complete safety, in the absence of any backup, I'd get a new disk, install on to that and then copy the files you need off the old one. This of course presumes you have a full XP install CD and not one of the crass 'recovery CDs' one gets with new machines these days.

If you've a CD/DVD burner and some DOS-based software you may be able to save the files to optical media.
 
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mrtonywade

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what Os are you running??? you should be able to reinstall windows without lossing anything, if not your have to boot from floppy into dos and recover your files manually

or as KraGorn says
above. with a new hard drive, unless you already have a d: drive
partiotion on your current drive, in which case you could do a new install on that drive
good luck
 
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mrtonywade

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Originally posted by MartinImber
My PC Crashed on Friday today they fitted a new motherboard but the PC will not boot up - it wants a reinstall.!!!

I have unreplaceable pictures and ISO files on C: I don't want to lose - any ideas please?
back up your hard drive often
 

MartinImber

Active Member
Firstly I can't burn as RAM only as VIDEO

Secondly I didn't get round to it as my wife downloads and I backup

I am being lent another 80GB drive to reinstall!
 

MartinImber

Active Member
At least I know why they want to "Kill Bill" - annoyed XP owners!!!
 

CodeThief

Novice Member
Come on, you can't blame that on XP, if the motherboard has been changed you can't expect it to boot up!

Dave
 
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vulkan75

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I've reinstalled xp on a hard disc using the "keep current file settings intact no changes" option and had no probs accessing my saved data..;)
 

KraGorn

Novice Member
Originally posted by CodeThief
Come on, you can't blame that on XP, if the motherboard has been changed you can't expect it to boot up!
Linux most likely would. :D
 

owain_thomas

Active Member
If you (or someone yo know) has another PC why not stick the HD in that for half an hour and copy all the files you need to that, then you can simply reformat and reinstall on your original machine.

Regards,
Owain
 

Daftboy

Novice Member
I had exactly the same problem when I changed motherboards. Turned out after re-formatting and re-installing didn't work that they had released a new BIOS. Downloaded and flashed the BIOS, system worked a treat. Only problem was that I had lost all my data. Oh well.

BTW - The MB was an ASUS Deuluxe which was the best.
 

MartinImber

Active Member
Anyway I managed to copy all my files to a spare drive, then reset the original and booted off the CD.

After an hour of reinstalling I had Windows again but only insafe mode - I had to remove local user RUN stuff.

Just got to sort out the sound card now!

Thanks everyone
 

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