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?
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.
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?
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.