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I'm doing my first home build. I bought a abit IC7-G mobo and a p4 2.8ghz 800fsb prossecor. I'm trying to use my hd and operating system from an older dell comp. It was using windows XP w/ a 1.7ghz pressecor. Bios loads fine. I disabled sata settings and all the raid stuff for now. It goes through the boot up and seems to recognise everything just fine except it won't load windows XP. Any ideas or suggestions would be GREATLY apreciated. I'm starting to feel like I got in over my head but I got to start somewhere right?

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Welcome to TSF OneArmedScissor..............:D

The best thing you could do at this point would be to do a clean install of the OS. If you do something like this and it boots to Windows and recognizes your hardware then fine. But in order to get this working may take more time and effort than it's worth. And who knows if will ever work right.............:no:
 

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THX for the welcoming. It's been a long night and morning. I was hoping I would be able to just put this drive into my new pc and poof it's working. Fact- It's a microsoft product so I ended up having to buy a new drive and a copy of XP pro:no: . Then I had to do a format and install. After everything was setup I transfered my vidcard back to the old comp booted it up and moved everthing I wanted to keep or was able to keep to the desktop and settings/all users/shared folder. I also backed up my favorites list from IE, contacts from Outlook, AOL and placed them in that folder. (LOTS AND LOTS of trial and error. It sounds a lot easier when typing it) Then I put the vid card back into the new comp and slaved the old drive. Booted the new system,opened the old drive, went to the shared folder and transfered and transfer and transfered..... you get the point. I'm sure there was an easier way but I could not think of it. Anyways I was able to save most of what I wanted. Some software is lost though. Still cheaper then buying a prebuilt which was the whole point of this (that's if you take into account expandability and SUPERIOR quality of new sys.) Well I think that about covered my day/night/morning/day lol Hopefully my trial and error will save someone a lot of frustration and work in the future. THX anyways for the help. I'm sure I'll be back again soon. Later

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BTW I ended up getting an extra 6 months of free Nortan Firewall and Antivirus when I installed them on the new OS! I figured I would have to call them and get my subcription transfered so it was a GREAT suprise.
 
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