to preface: I don’t know all that much about hardware related issues so please bear with me.
so my old desktop died a while ago so I bought parts for a new system.
the parts got here last week, except I forgot the heatsink, so I ordered that. Turns out, the heatsink was just slightly too large for my case, so I ordered a new one.
anyways, the real problem is that I am trying to reuse the hard-drive from my old system. As far as i can tell the hard drive is fine. It has Win XP installed on it.
Ideally, I just wanted to stick it in the new machine and be able to run XP.
So I stick it in, it shows the XP symbol, then immediately blue screens.
The hardrive shows up in the BIOS though.
What I really want to do now is to format the hardrive and reinstall XP (I’ve backed up the files that I need). however, I stick in the XP CD and it reports that it can’t find the hard drive.
I stick an ubuntu live CD in the CD tray and load ubuntu. I can access all the files on my old hardrive so its obviously readable. I could format it with the ubuntu CD and install ubuntu, but I do want to eventually install XP.
Anyways, the hard drive is a SATA hard drive, its powered and plugged into SATA 0 on my motherboard.
random other info:
proc: core 2 duo 2.33ghz E6550
mobo: Intel DP35DPM ATX
the other stuff i can’t see being relevant.
The XP is a “reinstall CD” that I got with my old system (an out of the box Dell system). That could be the problem?
something simple is wrong and one of you can tell me what I’m doing wrong so I can fix it.
Somethings wrong with the hard drive and I need a new hard drive.
I can’t use the reinstall CD and I would need to buy a new copy of XP (on that note, is XP 64bit any good? ).
my original budget was $900, after sorting out the heatsink stuff etc I’m just about there. Getting a new hard drive or a new copy of XP would put me over but I might be able to live with it (college student, so I’m not really made of cash).
anyways, any thoughts?
The components I bought seem good and in working order (much more powerful than my old system). Its just a problem with this re-used hard-drive and/or XP.