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Computer freezes at "Intel Pentium 4" screen. Please help!

Hi there, I took a hard drive outta my Pentium 3 computer and put it in my Pentium 4 computer. When I try to boot the Pentium 4 up though, it freezes at the first screen that shows - the "Intel Pentium 4" screen.

My friend tells me that you can't expect a Pentium 3 hard drive to boot after you stick it in a Pentium 4 computer, but he says it should at least get to another screen and tell you that that OS doesn't load. Because of this, he doesn't think that it's a problem with the hard drive.

Can anyone please help me? Thanks.

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What OS?

First, let me say there's no such thing as a ''Pentium 3 hard drive''...Pentium 3 is an architecture of processor that used to be offered by Intel.

That said, I have a couple of questions:

1.) Is the P4 system known to be good or has it been pulled from the basement? Can you boot from CD? (Such as a Linux distro or your XP CD.)

2.) What OS is this and is it retail or OEM? The OS may be locked to the hardware and therefore be unbootable when transplanted to another system. (This may be what your friend was referring to...the OS won't boot if the motherboard, processor, etc are not the same.)

3.) Can you access your system BIOS? (Click here for more info.) If so, is the hard drive, RAM, etc. detected properly?

Let us know.
John

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Answers.

Thanks for replying!!!

1.) Is the P4 system known to be good or has it been pulled from the basement? Can you boot from CD? (Such as a Linux distro or your XP CD.)

A: The P4 system is good. It had worked fine with the hard drive that was installed in it before. The problems occured after I installed another hard drive, one that had been used in a P3 system. Yes, I could boot from a CD.

2.) What OS is this and is it retail or OEM? The OS may be locked to the hardware and therefore be unbootable when transplanted to another system. (This may be what your friend was referring to...the OS won't boot if the motherboard, processor, etc are not the same.)

A: Windows XP Professional Retail. Yeah I think it is, but still, shouldn't it at least get to another screen?

3.) Can you access your system BIOS? (Click here for more info.) If so, is the hard drive, RAM, etc. detected properly?

A: I can't access my system BIOS because it freezes before it gives me an option to press F8 to load the BIOS.

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