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Posted on Saturday, April 5, 2003 - 11:22 am:   

Hello -

This senior citizen PC novice would really appreciate any and all help, suggestions, or advice on this. I have a NT 4.0 sp6 system that I had to replace the motherboard in, as the old motherboard went up in a puff of smoke (regulator chip fried).

I orginally thought it was the power supply and changed it out, and then after installing new PS noticed a burnt chip on motherboard. Original motherboard was a Supermicro P6DLS (dual 266mhz cpu, 440LX chipset, onboard scsi, 512 mb ram) and I replaced it with a Supermicro P6DGS (dual 266mhz cpu, 440GX chipset, onboard scsi, 1024 mb ram) that I had available.

The system starts up, recognizes and validates all the ram, and peripherals (scsi IBM HD, scsi cdrom) and even will scsi read test the HD; but gives me a 'blue screen' when it starts to load the operating system. I have tried to boot off of the ERD, and the NT 4.0 CD, and it will not.

I have even tried installing a second HD, in the scsi chain, to try to use it as a boot drive, and the motherboard recognizes and read tests it, but still will not boot.

A local PC repair shop (I'm in the central TX area) said they might be able to 'fix' it for about $250, but as a currently out-of-work senior citizen, I can not afford that. They talked about disconnecting the original HD, and reinstalling NT 4.0 on the new HD I added. I am ready to give that a try; but I am not sure how to add back in the original HD, such as, should I have NT 4.0 install on a different logical drive letter that is not on the original drive, or must it be a 'C' drive, and then what do I do when i try to add back in the original HD, that already had a 'C' on it, etc.

Sorry for the length of this message, I have tried to give as much detail as I can think of. As I said, any help, suggestions, or advice on this, will be greatly appreciated. As a self taught, senior citizen, with no formal PC education, I am way over my head on the this, but must [if at all possible] get my old PC running again, as I have data on it I can not replace.

Posted on Saturday, April 5, 2003 - 9:23 pm:   

Since you are using SCSI drives all you should have to do is install NT on another
SCSI drive do all your updates, shutdown, hook up the SCSI drive on the cable making sure it is set to a different SCSI channel after the boot drive, startup, let the OS configure the drive than transfer your data over. The problem with NT based systems and a swap of boards such as yours is the radical change of hardware (board chipset, irq's, etc) usually makes the OS freak out. Thus resulting in Blue screen, Reboot, MUP.sys halt (XP), etc. Hope you get it up and running again.
Senoir Citizen
Posted on Sunday, April 6, 2003 - 10:51 pm:   

Hi E.S. -

Thanks for the response. Let me make sure I understand you are saying.

I should disconnect the original drive (from scsi & power cable), then power back up with only the new (and curently empty) drive on line, then install NT on to it. After the OS is installed on the new drive (so I can boot the system on it), power down, and rehook up the original drive (that has all my data on it)and power back up, and transfer data.

Will I run into any problems when I power back up since I will then have two 'C' drives, two IE, and two OutlookExpress's? How does the OS take care of that? I'm not worried about being able to use the original drive again, as the boot drive, as long I can move, or least read all the data on it.

Thanks again for your response. It's not only the OS that freaked out when this happened, as it made me physically ill as well.............
Posted on Monday, April 7, 2003 - 7:38 am:   

Thats basically it, make sure the drive with the data on it is set to a different SCSI channel, EG. If your new drive is on channel 2 make sure the drive with your data on it is set to channel 3 or 4 if possible.

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