Mainboard upgrade hassles - help a moron please!

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  1. dbman96

    dbman96 Active Member

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    Hey all you PC / win gurus out there.

    I finally decided to upgrade my old system... running a P3-733 ASUS CUSL2 mainboard and just didn't cut it anymore. So I ordered a new ASUS A7N8x deluxe (nforce2 chipset) and a Athlon XP1800+ along with 2 256MB PC2700 sticks.

    Now crazy me, I was hoping that I could just pop in the new motherboard, boot into my current copy of windows, and let it autodetect all the changes, then install the new drivers.

    Instead, when it reaches windows boot (after OS selection screen) it just resets the computer and starts booting again. If I try to boot into safe mode, it gets as far as loading "AGP440.sys" and then reboots. I'm assuming that this means some driver that was specialized to drive the old AGP port is conflicting with the new board. I can't even get it to boot to a command prompt. Now my question is, do I need to clear out and completely reinstall from scratch? Can I just run a repair installation and fix these issues? I was hoping this would be quick and easy but obviously I'm missing something.

    Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. morecomplete

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    I would start over from scratch but that's just me. If you can find a way to salvage/fix it go for it but my guess is you'll spend just as much time futzing around with it as you would if you did a complete rebuild - and then if you don't fix it you'll have to rebuild anyway
     
  3. dbman96

    dbman96 Active Member

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    I know this is stupid logic, but my real problem is that short of creating a 3 foot tall stack of CD-Rs I don't have an acceptable way to back up my crap. If I could just clear off one of my two drives, I would reformat and do a clean install in a heartbeat (I've done so many "non-clean" reinstalls that I've got FIVE "Windows XP Professional" selections on my bootup OS selection).

    All said and done, I'll probably just spend some time tonight deleting stuff I don't need, burning .ISO files to CD and deleting them, and then just shift stuff around until I've got one clean drive. Although I have heard from several sources that running the XP repair installation WILL solve the problems I'm having.
     
  4. dbman96

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    Good plan RobsMob, I like that one!
     
  5. crotchfruit

    crotchfruit Guest

    you could buy a cheap 40 gig 5400rpm drive for $70 (or a used one cheaper on ebay prob), plus you'd get to keep it afterwards to store backup data or porn.
     

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