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Hard drive won't start

by G.Mansfield / April 23, 2008 11:58 PM PDT

I have a E-Machine computer that the motherboard went out on. I replaced it with a differant one. The orig. had a differant BIOS and processor. Orig. AMD Processor Phonix BIOS. New one Intel processor Promise BIOS. How do I get the hard drive to start. It let me reload the recovery CD. But I think it didn't load the correct drivers. I tried getting help from E-Machine but they said since I fixed the computer it's no longer a E-Machine??

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The OS CDs were locked to the old motherboard.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 24, 2008 1:50 AM PDT
In reply to: Hard drive won't start

What OS CDs do we have to work with besides the Emachine disks?

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by G.Mansfield / April 24, 2008 3:38 AM PDT

I was wondering what I could download and from where. Or what utilities are available. I have XP start up disks I downloaded from Microsoft with the Recovery Console. It finds the system information. But how do I transfer this to the hard-drive? I don't want to buy a new XP CD when I have a operating system I've already purchased. These manufacture recovery disks are crap!! It seems like they should give you your copy of the operating system when you buy the computer. Like they did with 98. And then you get little or no support when the computer go bad. This particular computer is only about 2 to 2 1/2 yrs old. But past the warranty. I would appericate any help I can get.

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That takes a while to explain.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 24, 2008 5:05 AM PDT
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You didn't buy XP. You did get a machine with a limited license to run XP on the original hardware. The cost is much less for that license and here we are.

Please share what OS CD we have to work with that is not from the Emachine package. The downloaded items you noted will not help.

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Here is what you can do ...
by Edward ODaniel / April 24, 2008 6:07 AM PDT
In reply to: Hard drive won't start

since the OEM installed OS license is locked to the system motherboard and you have replaced that motherboard you no longer have a license.

The startup disks you downloaded from Microsoft are just that - "Startup Disks" that allow you to install the OS on a computer that for some reason cannot boot from the CD and for getting access to the Recovery Console for those systems that do not ship with an Installation CD.

You can follow this link and obtain an OEM copy of XP Home -

or this link to obtain an OEM copy of XP Pro -

or this link for youtr choice of several -

Avoid any that say UPGRADE as you have nothing to qualify you for an upgrade.

Alternatively you might check with eMachines to see if you can obtain a replacement motherboard as that would again legitimize your existing license as the manufacturer can replace motherboards that need replacement.

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by G.Mansfield / April 24, 2008 11:50 PM PDT

Just wanted to thank everyone for the information.

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