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Created On: 04/26/2004 12:14 AM
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 04/26/2004 12:14 AM
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EZ BREEZE
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Hello, I'm new here and this is my first question. I hope it's in the right forum.

I would sincerely appreciate your assistance.

I built a system for my girlfriend two years ago. It's an AMD athlon mother board and processor set. Her HD crashed and I attempted to recover the info off of it, to no avail. I purchased a 20 gig HD to get the system back up, but recieve a boot failure. She can't find the disk that came with the motherboard, nor can she find the boot disk. I tried to use an old game boot disk and got to the A> prompt, but It would not change directory to C:, because it gave an invalid drive spec code.

I'm thinking, all I need is a boot disk for the mother board, or a copy of a mother board disk. I know if I had the correct disk, I could access the CD drive and reload WinXp.

Problem solved right? Again any advice is greatly appreciated.

Thank you.
 05/01/2004 09:15 PM
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Westmassguy
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First things first.
What operating system are we talking about?
You said you bought a new hard drive.
Did you format the drive?
If the drive is new, you will need to do clean install of the operating system.

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 05/02/2004 03:16 AM
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QUOTE (Westmassguy @ May 1 2004, 05:15 PM) First things first.
What operating system are we talking about?
You said you bought a new hard drive.
Did you format the drive?
If the drive is new, you will need to do clean install of the operating system.
Win Xp is the operating system.

That HD was brand new, I can format it with this computer and reinstall it into the one I'm trying to repair for my girlfriend. It's an AMD athlon 1.6 gig hz motherboard and processor set. I built it two Christmasses ago.

I can't do a clean install of the operating system, if it doesn't recognise the C: drive, which it does not, at this point. I was able to get to the DOS promt A>, with and old game boot disk, but my Girlfriend lost the boot disk. I do have all of the documentation and the original mother board disk, however.

It's been harder to restore the system than it was to assemble it and start from scratch.
 05/02/2004 06:18 AM
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if i am right WinXP comes on a bootable disk

just go to the bios and set the boot seqence on:

1.cdrom
2.hdd
3.floppy (does it still exist )

then pop in the winxp disk and you will be asked (if it finds a bootable cd )to boot from cdrom just hit the spacebar on that message and install the opperating sys fresh ................. good luck

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