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January 3, 2013 11:50:10 PM

So I recently upgraded my computer. I installed a ECS A960M-M3 motherboard and an AMD Athlon II. When I boot from my IDE hard drive, I get an error saying something like "Error with operating system" or something similar. I had Windows XP Professional service pack 3 X86. Do I need to upgrade to a X64 bit operating system? Or could it be that I am using an IDE hard drive? Could it be a missing driver issue? Any advice?

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January 4, 2013 12:47:21 AM

You don't need to upgrade to a 64 bit OS. Besides you couldn't upgrade; you'd have to perform a new installation.

After you get "Error with operating system", what happens? Does it just sit there doing nothing or does it crash with error 0x0000007B?
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January 4, 2013 12:54:47 AM

It just sits there, I think I need the motherboard drivers, but it won't boot from the drivers disc. Furthermore I wanted to upgrade because I have 4 gb of ram so 1 is now unusable, but I don't want to go through a new install.
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a c 117 à CPUs
January 4, 2013 1:05:56 AM

Since it just sits there, this may not help: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314082

A complete reinstall may be required, but did you try repairing it? If you have important files, make sure you have a complete backup of the hard disk before doing anything to it. Did you perform a complete backup before installing the new motherboard or are you relying on the last complete backup just in case something goes bad?
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January 4, 2013 1:11:07 AM

I don't really have anything I needed backed up, It would just be inconvenient to do a complete install. I only have a win 7 disc and the hard drive curently has xp installed so I can't do a repair anyway. Guess I'll just try a fresh install anyway.
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a c 117 à CPUs
January 4, 2013 1:47:07 AM

Any technical reason to keep XP? If so, you could run XP as a VM.
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January 4, 2013 2:05:21 AM

Nah, I just dOnt want to redownlOad my steam games. However now it refuses to boot from my cd drive. Bios recognizes it, however it will nit boot to it.
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a c 117 à CPUs
January 4, 2013 2:22:34 AM

Is it in the correct boot order? What happens if you select the CD as the boot drive manually at POST?
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January 4, 2013 2:27:41 AM

Yeah, I've changed the bOot order, when I dO, I get a disk error read. No error code, just "disc error read"
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a c 117 à CPUs
January 4, 2013 2:30:42 AM

Are you using a DVD from Intel or one that you burned yourself?
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January 4, 2013 2:35:43 AM

Came from the motherboard manufacturer
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a c 117 à CPUs
January 4, 2013 2:37:26 AM

Make sure it's clean and/or try another DVD drive.
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January 4, 2013 2:48:49 AM

Tried it, no avail. This motherboard has an ide hookup as well as 4sata hookups, so I can use my ide harddrive right? Furthermore should I have my hd set to master Or cable select?
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a c 117 à CPUs
January 4, 2013 9:45:11 AM

It's up to you, but I prefer cable select. Is your DVD drive also IDE?
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January 4, 2013 3:18:46 PM

I have an IDE and a sata DVD drive
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a c 117 à CPUs
January 4, 2013 3:30:46 PM

You can't read the DVD on any of the drives?
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