Build a PC Unable to reinstall windows xp after mobo change

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Hi All
please can anyone help me with a problem thats driving me nuts!
i have just done some upgrades to my pc (it was throwing up a few errors and was generally pretty slow.)i have installed a new mobo,upgraded the RAM and the PSU,i have used the existing CPU and heatsink/fan (cleaned and used new thermal paste) and used my existing HDD. i also reformatted my HDD so i could do a fresh install of windows xp to freshen things up,used all the new cables etc that came with the mobo, problem is now when i try boot up the pc and put the windows xp disk in my drive,i get the BIOS splash screen and setup options,boot pop up etc but the dvd drive with the disk spins up then goes to a black screen saying "press cntrl,alt,del to restart" During POST all the components are recognised and as i can get into BIOS setup and change settings (tried all the usual suspects changing the boot order,asking to boot from master DVDdrive with the boot popup etc all to no avail!) i have made sure that all the components are recognised within BIOS which they are! everything CPU (showing correct speed 3.2 ghz) HDD ,generic DVDdrives,DDR2 ram (showing correct amount 2gb) its all there! but like i say,after POST and BIOS splash screen it goes straight to this black screen "press cntrl yadayada! please has anyone got any ideas how to get round this as i`m completely stumped!
list of current hardware
INTEL P4 3.2 ghz LGA775 CPU
EZ COOL 550 watt PSU
ADATA pc6400 800mhz DDR2 dual channel RAM 2gb
MAXTOR Diamondmax 200gb SATA 150 HDD (formatted,blank)
ASUS 256mb PCI express graphic card
Generic DVD drives x 2
as far as i can see this is all compatible and should work well together!


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You will have to install a new operating system on it... old recovery disks won't work on it with a new motherboard, you need to buy (if you haven't already) a new OS disk, and then install it.
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i have proper microsoft windows disk

Hi DavisJaron
well...this is the problem....i have a proper windows xp home os disk....the hologram one with the coa etc....but when i boot the pc and put it in my dvd rom drive,thats when the dvd rom drive spins up (light flashing etc,whirring noise etc) then the screen goes black and i get the "press cntrl,alt,del to restart" i say,my HDD is blank and properly formatted and everything else is new and it should just boot from the os disk and go into windows xp setup....but it i`m kinda stumped! the way ,i have removed both dvd rom drives and the HDD and tried them on another pc and they all work fine....i just dont understand!? :( Thanks for the reply though,all suggestions and help are VERY gratefully recieved at this point!


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how much hard drive space do you have? It's possible, however unlikely, that your hard drive is too big for your motherboard... some motherboards won't recognize larger hard drives...


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drives > 137gb need the BIOS setting for LBA Support enabled

AND SP2 as the minimal install -- if I recall correctly
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still no luck!

Hi JoBeard
i checked LBA in bios and it is set to auto so is enabled....doesnt matter what i do...after asus splash screen...dvd spins up...lights...should start to setup windows...but just goes to "press cntrl,alt,del to restart" black screen!......tried just about everything i can think of..but no luck!....sooooooo frustrating!!
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