Need some advice on my first build.

By Beaver Slayer
Oct 15, 2005
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  1. Beaver Slayer

    Beaver Slayer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 58

    Ok, so I'm going with everything as listed previously (with the floppy drive) exept no sound card, my mobo has intigrated sound and that will probobly be enough for me as I don't pay much attention to sound.

    If all goes well and nothing new comes up I will be ordering tomorrow.

    And I've decided the $25 savings isn't enough to make me go with a seller I've never heard of, I guess I'm just paranoid.
  2. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,195

    It probably is a good idea to stick with one vendor(that's reputable) for your build, it will be much simpler. I've had good experiences with newegg.com, but have also heard good of zipzoomfly, mwave, chiefvalue, xoxide, etc. There are many decent stores.

    Best wishes on your build.
  3. Beaver Slayer

    Beaver Slayer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 58

    Ok, I got all my parts in and the build went wonderful, no BSOD, nothing. Then when I tried to play battlefield 2 I realized I had no sound. Now, I didn't get a sound card and I have yet to conect the front sound connection thing, but my MoBo manuall says that shouldn't matter as long as some pins on the connectors are jumped (which they are) I have the newest BIOS and drivers, what could my problem be?

    Ninja Edit: Sorry, Aparently I DIDn't install the latest drivers, all is well. (And it sounds GREAT)

    one last thing, I have Windows XP installed, but there is a problem, I thought I had a COA but I don't is their some way I can just get the COA (legaly)?
  4. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,195

  5. Beaver Slayer

    Beaver Slayer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 58

    No, I don't HAVE a key right now, I'm running it on some sort of 30 day trial. What I mean is, is their any way to just get a key? I have an old OEM disk but it's key is already in use.
  6. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,279   +181

    If the product key is already in use, then there is no legal way for you to use that CD in another machine.
  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,067   +13

    using xp on more than one computer is a violation of the user agreement and stealing.
    PIracy is not tolerated here.
  8. Beaver Slayer

    Beaver Slayer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 58

    I'm not articulating myself very well today, I'm trying to say that I already have the OS, but not an unused key, and since it's two hours to the nearest Tech store and I don't want to wait to a disk to be delivered, is their any way to purchase a COA code from microsoft without purchasing the disk?

    Edit for understanding: Wait, so even though I'm trying to purchase another key, it's illegal to use the OEM disk, even for the 30 day period it gives me to enter the product key? If so could someone explain to me how to uninstall an OS?
  9. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,279   +181

    Yeah, although you characterized it earlier as a trial period, there's no such thing. That's just the time that you are allowed to activate Windows XP. The OEM version is tied to the original machine it is installed in. According to Microsoft, it cannot be transferred to another machine even if the original machine is no longer in use. You would have to purchase a full retail version to do that. That is a key difference between OEM and retail, not just the price, manuals and packaging.

    I'm not a authority on this subject so I don't know what would happen if you purchased your own OEM XP CD and just tried to use the key on your existing installation or if you have to use the key with the cd it came with. It would probably be best if you reformatted and reinstalled a legit copy (your own, that is) of Windows. BTW, I'm quite sure you can't legally buy a COA separately.
  10. Beaver Slayer

    Beaver Slayer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 58

    God I'm Stupid.

    I guess the Ironic thing here is that an aquaintance of my kept trying to get me to get a crack of windows, and I said no because I didn't want to break copywrite law and then ended up (unwittingly) breaking it another way.

    I'm going to reformat here in a second (as soon as I figure out how). Thanks for walking retarded little me though that.
  11. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,279   +181

    No problem. I give you credit for trying to do the right thing.

    Of course, if you reformat without an OS to install, you won't have a usable computer. Do you have a new one now?
  12. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,067   +13

    nope.... you'll need the cd
  13. Beaver Slayer

    Beaver Slayer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 58

    No, The only OS I have thats not in use is an old win 98 deep deep in the recesses of my tech cabenent.

    Also, could someone walk me through reformating? The only tutorials I could find all invove floppys, and I really don't want to improvise when my $1000 PC is on the line.
     
  14. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,279   +181

    I thought you said you were going to get a floppy with your new system. Change your mind?
  15. Beaver Slayer

    Beaver Slayer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 58

    Ya, the only reason (that I knew of at the time) to have one was for drivers, and I have a PC that does have a floppy, so I was just going to use that macine to burn any floppys I needed to disk.

    Iis it posible to use that bootdisk thing on a cd?
  16. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,279   +181

    That just makes things more complicated to my simple way of thinking.

    Anyway, it's possible to boot from a CD but I've never done it in the way you mean so someone more knowledgeable than I will have to tell you. That would be just about anyone else.
  17. Beaver Slayer

    Beaver Slayer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 58

    Ok, hard-drive is reformated. Thankfully my mom was going to the city today, so hopfully she will find a reasonable priced copy. (Walmart wanted $200 online!) Thanks again and hopfully I won't cause any more problems. :(
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