I'm rebuilding a 7 year old computer for a friend that had a bad motherboard.
It now has:
Asus sabertooth x79 with an i7 chip, with 2 x 2 gig ddr3 crucial memory sticks.
Reusing the HDDs, 3 serial WDs, the boot drive is a Velociraptor 150G and the others are 250gig.
I'm trying to run Win XP on it, is this a fundamental issues of incompatibility of the Mobo and XP?
Forgive me I am not sitting in front of the computer so I am going to try to be as specific as possible.
My issue is the computer won't see or access any drive formatted with Win XP. Even if I try to use the Win XP sp3 disk to install the OS it blue screens as soon as it looks for the drive and says the drive is not accessible. (I'll verify this ASAP and get the actual stop error code). If I try to boot to the drive I get a "NTLDR is missing" error.
The bios will see all the drives, although it seems to only let me pick certain ones to use in the boot up sequence. i.e. I can only select the optical drive and Velociraptor drives to pick the boot order. Not sure why.
I can use a Win 7 disk to format drives and install the OS (on one of the 250gigs), however I can not fully install as the license is already being used on another computer and it's only an upgrade version of 7 (which needs an existing OS installed to upgrade from vs just having the disk of the OS being upgraded)
I can boot with an Ubuntu live disk and that allows me to fully browse installed HDD's with no problem. I'd have to verify if it lets me access multiple HDD's, I'm thinking that was a problem.
The other catch is my friend really likes Win XP and has important information on the drive and has little or no interest in upgrading the OS (that part kills me!)
I'm thinking this is a simple incompatibility issue but I don't know for sure and if so, is there a work around?
Thank you for any help!
Last edited by Walby on Wed Sep 04, 2013 6:59 am, edited 1 time in total.