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2nd hard drive, now 1st is has old driver problems

by Jenelle_A / September 23, 2008 1:15 PM PDT

I have an MSI integrated motherboard with a 30GB HD, XP OS and XP Office Pro. ...been using for the past 4 years.

Last Christmas the system became sluggish, and 80% full, so I bought a second 320GB HD. I installed it and was blissfully using both for...well, up until July. Then the MS police noticed "my system has changed" and I need to re-activate my Office products. Well, it couldn't read the CD (imagine the number of updates in 4 years). Finally, all Office tools were simply unavailable.

So, after much tweaking, I wiped the original HD, reinstalled everything. Now I'm getting blue screens and "it" cannot recognize 4 or more devices--I cannot install the audio (so no sound...even the Windows tones are greyd out so I cannot test startup sound, only the system beep), I cannot change my monitor resolution to anything other than 600x800 (even though the other alternatives display in the picklist, as well in the Display Properties slider bar), ...somehting about Timing (refresh rate is very low, but is greyed out and thus unchangeable).

I realize there are driver scanner tools for purchase...are they worth the purchase prices (UniBlue DriverScanner).

Now, the 2nd image on the 2nd HD works fine--resolution, access, no devices are displaying with the yellow ! but no Office. So, I unplugged this internal HD, trying to get C: to function.

I had set up the CMOS to boot either C: (the primary master) or E: (the secondary master)...but with the 2nd HD unplugged, it isn't recognized, so CMOS is back to the original 30GB HD. One version gives me office but device driver grief, the other version gives me no office and functions like a normal computer.

What should I do?

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", the other version gives me no office and functions like "
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 23, 2008 11:01 PM PDT
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Installation Plan...
by Jenelle_A / September 24, 2008 4:30 PM PDT

...never heard of one...and the company has closed it's doors.

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Time to make your own plan.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 24, 2008 9:19 PM PDT
In reply to: Installation Plan...

Use that other plan as a guide for what drivers to find and install.

A starter plan would be:

1. Install XP.
2. Install the firewall.
3. Install the MSI motherboard chipset drivers
4. Install the MS UAA DRIVER.
5. Install the Sound, video and ethernet drivers.
6. Install Antivirus, Office, etc.

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