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October 16, 2008, 6:34 pm
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I'd say that it depends on what you consider "a lot of problems". I can't
imagine that you will be able to boot and run without installing a new HAL
(Hardware Abstraction Layer) which will mean doing a repair install from
CD. That will mean having a bootable XP install disk with the required
service packs slipstreamed into it as well as a known-good path for
installing drivers for the new hardware.
Personally, I'd make a clone of the existing drive with the OS on it and
install it in the rebuilt machine without the other drives and then go from
there. I definitely wouldn't install the other hard drives or the original
OS drive until everything was running perfectly -- that way you'd preserve
your path back to the existing situation so you will be able to retry in
case you need to.
[Knoxville, TN, USA]
Changing HAL can be done by booting to safe mode, going into
Device Manager and under "Computer", (HAL Type, Properties)
Update Driver, Install From A Specific Location, Don't
Search I will Choose the Driver to Install, (then pick the
appropriate HAL, probably ACPI Multiprocessor).& reboot.
The more common problem is failure to find the boot drive
after a certain point in the XP boot process because the
drive controller changed. Google for migrate XP motherboard
and there should be some 'sites with steps to take, or of
course a repair install can be done and fortunately since
SP3 was released it means far fewer individual patches would
still need applied compared to this time last year.
Good idea, although we can hope backups of the original
drive are already being made so those could be restored
instead if there is a problem.
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