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FRoss5
Beginner
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Upgrading to a new MB with XP Pro

I have XP Pro and a DH77KC motherboard. I ran the chipset installation program and after a long time it said my computer doesn't meet the requirements. I tried to boot with the new board and it resets after not long and starts booting again. I extracted the INF and CAT files and installed the INF files by right clicking and selecting install. I also copied them to the windows\inf directory. It still doesn't boot. I don't understand why it is made so difficult to upgrade a MB. Why does the installation program not install the drivers? Obviously the new hardware isn't there.

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idata
Community Manager
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Fraser,

Support for Windows XP is limited due to discontinued OS, see http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/cs-008326.htm here.

What processor and memory are you attempting to use?

Just curious, but what board are you upgrading from?

Jason

FRoss5
Beginner
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I don't think it makes nay difference what processor and memory I have. The existing board is a 845 chipset board for the Pentium4. I don't think it matters much what board I am upgrading from. In the file readme.txt at 9B is it assuming that the system has booted with the new motherboard or is this steps to take with the old motherboard?

idata
Community Manager
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Well, if the message you receive says, "computer doesn't meet requirements" the first thing I think of is, "what is the computer made of".

FRoss5
Beginner
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I followed the advice at the bottom of this page:

http://www.theeldergeek.com/replace_motherboard.htm http://www.theeldergeek.com/replace_motherboard.htm

After booting Windows has to be reactivated but you get 3 days for that.

KNoro
New Contributor I
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Is the INF compatible with your version of Windows?

Have you installed Windows Xp Sp3?

A lot of the newer generation boards do not support a wide range of features with Windows Xp even with Sp3.So naturally they won't support Xp without the service packs.I would suggest that you install Sp3 and check, it works good for you.If not you might have to upgrade the operating system.

FRoss5
Beginner
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It has had SP3 for a long time. I have had trouble with missing files for the built in lan. They don't appear to be in the temp directory where they are expected to be.

KNoro
New Contributor I
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Have you done a clean install of windows?

As you have stated you have merely changed the motherboard and processor and used the XP SP3 from the old build.

This is what is causing the problem.I would suggest you try a clean install of Windows.

Backup your old data and format the hard drive with NTFS and install Windows XP SP3 onto it.This should solve most of your issues.

The link is from the website you provided

http://www.theeldergeek.com/xp_pro_install_-_graphic.htm http://www.theeldergeek.com/xp_pro_install_-_graphic.htm

FRoss5
Beginner
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I thought you understood that its working now. I have fixed the problem with the built in LAN (82579V) by installing the new V17.3 driver. V17.2 did not work.

FRoss5
Beginner
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The motherboard does not have much compatibility with my PCI cards. The Promise Ultra100 does not detect any drives with its bios. The SoundBlaster 128 crashes after detecting the game port (15pin socket). I would prefer to have those cards working.