Drivers for motherboards, sound card, video and more are from the maker of the products. Some only learn this the hard way.
If you are having difficulty reading an old hard disk then that is another issue where I usually find the disk was not prepared with FDISK from pre-XP days. Recovery varies on the persons skills but I'll share a few quick fixes. Since I've already hit paragraph 2 I will not repeat web references I've posted in past responses.
1. Hook up the drives so they are noted in the BIOS. XP should be booting fine. Now boot up a Windows 98se boot diskette and ...
This rewrites the MBR and makes many drives appear on the next XP boot.
2. Boot up a KNOPPIX CD and copy out what files you need to recover to CDR or other places. KNOPPIX is found with google.com Then prepare the drive with XP and use it.
PS. If you ask what is KNOPPIX, then I will not reply since I noted where to find it.
so i installed windows xp service pack 2 a few weeks ago. it screwed up most of my drivers. i tried updating my cdrom firmware a few minutes ago, and it crashed the pc, and now my second hard drive and that cdrom are gone. when i started the pc back up windows wouldn't boot until i shut it down again and ripped out the bad drives. thank god that cdrom is the secondary slave and i had nothing important on the secondary master hard drive, or i'd really be screwed.
my question is, if (when) i reformat this thing, is it safe to try hooking up the bad drives again? or are they permanently fried?
my cd-writer, the only cd drive i have left now, no longer writes after sp2 though i reinstalled its driver and software, so i hope that will work just as a reading drive for the windows disc..
any help is -very- much appreciated.