computer getting reboot again and again

By d2a2d
Jul 19, 2005
  1. I installed a hard drive in P2 b4 i was using it in P4. Now my computer keeps on getting reboot after reaching that WINDOWS XP screen. there is already XP on that hard drive. One thing is that if i install that hard drive as primary slave hen it works but if as master then it does not work. actually even as slave if i try to bot from that drive the computer reaches till windows XP screen that has 3 blus dots rotating and then it restart itself reaches again to that screen and restart again .. keeps doing like that


  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    In most cases the Windows installation from one computer will not work on another. Hooray to Microsoft OS design :p

    If you insist on doing it then you will have to do a repair install on that P2 in which case you will get a really messy XP that will not boot in your P4
  3. angell82

    angell82 TS Rookie


    You could try a repair install, but one method I'm sure works as we use it fro disk cloning at work, is as follows:
    Plug HDs into P2 mobo
    Bring up management console (r-click My Computer, select Manage)
    Click "Device Manager"
    Expand IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers.
    You should see an entry entitled "INtel blah blah" , "NVidia blah blah", or "VIA blah blah". Right Click and select Update driver, Select No not this time when it tries to connect to Windows update.
    Choose INstall from from a list or location (Advanced) option
    Choose Don't search. I will Choose.
    In the next window should be an option for a standard Dual channel PCI, or some such thing. You're looking for the non-specific generic IDE driver. Select it.
    If you had two entries in the IDE ATA/ATAPI section you will want to do both as they will probably have to change anyway. Also uninstall all your mobo specific drivers under System Devices in device Manager. Restart pc to save changes then shutdown and plugin p4 mobo then startup. You may have to start in Safe mode. You should be able to boot into windows now.

    Bear in mind that your new mobo and old mobo will have to support compatible HALs. ie check under "Computer" tab in device manager and ensure your new mobo supports whatever is installed there.
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