XP Won't Boot w/ new Mobo (HELP!)

By EXCellR8
Sep 14, 2007
  1. I recently installed a new motherboard (Abit NF7-S 2.0) and now I cannot get Windows XP to boot up. I made sure to clear the CMOS but for some reason when the WinXP load/splash screen starts to appear, the computer restarts itself. This is really starting to aggravate the hell outta me. I also noticed that my CPU is being read as "Unknown CPU type." I have an Athlon XP-M 2800+ (socket 462/A) that was pulled from another system and worked fine. I'm not sure why I'm having these problems but I could really use some help here! Thanks in advance!
  2. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    did u reinstall windows when u started using the new mobo, if u did not that is u're problem, to change mobos u have to reinstall windows. or atleast do a repair, but a full reformat and reinstall is the best.
  3. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Topic Starter Posts: 1,835

    I'm afraid I don't know how to do that. I didn't get a Windows XP installation disk with my computer when I bought it. I've never reformatted either so I guess I'm screwed. This would have been nice to know before I went and bought a new board.
  4. Jase123

    Jase123 Banned Posts: 1,012

    youll need buy a new copy of windows a retail one would be the best
  5. THNDR143

    THNDR143 TS Member Posts: 43

    Athlon XP-M 2800+

    Athlon XP-M 2800+ is intended for dual cpu boards and dont have the correct memory controller to run as a single unit. Been there, did this :D Use the non-M athlon cpu
  6. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Topic Starter Posts: 1,835

    I used my Athlon XP-M 2800+ on my K7M-NF18G (AU31) mobo which was also a single cpu board and it worked flawlessly. The board picked up what cpu it was and I had no problems.
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