Boot Device Error When Switching Motherboards


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I have boxes out in the field with 2K on them that fail due to a motherboard
issue (they used an off-brand and they just give up after a year or so).

So, I install a new MB, but when I try to boot from the old HDD, I get the
"inaccessable boot device" Stop Error. I always assumed this had something to
do with the HAL and the HDD controllers. I can hook it up as a slave and get
access to the files, etc. But the app we use has to reside on the root (C:)
so I rebuild every time.

Is there a way around this? I've tried the Repair Console quick repair
(thinking that there was something in the boot sector that would be fixed)
but to no avail. It sure would be nice not to have to rebuild every time and
would save the customer some grief as well.

Thanks...PJP
 
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Bruce Chambers

PrestonP said:
I have boxes out in the field with 2K on them that fail due to a motherboard
issue (they used an off-brand and they just give up after a year or so).

So, I install a new MB, but when I try to boot from the old HDD, I get the
"inaccessable boot device" Stop Error. I always assumed this had something to
do with the HAL and the HDD controllers. I can hook it up as a slave and get
access to the files, etc. But the app we use has to reside on the root (C:)
so I rebuild every time.

Is there a way around this? I've tried the Repair Console quick repair
(thinking that there was something in the boot sector that would be fixed)
but to no avail. It sure would be nice not to have to rebuild every time and
would save the customer some grief as well.

Thanks...PJP


Normally, and assuming a retail license (many OEM installations and
licenses are not transferable to a new motherboard - check yours before
starting), unless the new motherboard is virtually identical to the old
one (same chipset, IDE/SCSI controllers, etc), you'll most likely need
to perform a repair (a.k.a. in-place upgrade) installation, at the very
least (and don't forget to reinstall any service packs and subsequent
hot fixes):

How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade of Windows 2000
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q292175

What an In-Place Win2K Upgrade Changes and What It Doesn't
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q306952

If that fails:

How to Move a Windows 2000 Installation to Different Hardware
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;Q249694&ID=KB;EN-US;Q249694



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Excellent! Thank you Bruce.

Bruce Chambers said:
Normally, and assuming a retail license (many OEM installations and
licenses are not transferable to a new motherboard - check yours before
starting), unless the new motherboard is virtually identical to the old
one (same chipset, IDE/SCSI controllers, etc), you'll most likely need
to perform a repair (a.k.a. in-place upgrade) installation, at the very
least (and don't forget to reinstall any service packs and subsequent
hot fixes):

How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade of Windows 2000
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q292175

What an In-Place Win2K Upgrade Changes and What It Doesn't
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q306952

If that fails:

How to Move a Windows 2000 Installation to Different Hardware
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;Q249694&ID=KB;EN-US;Q249694



--

Bruce Chambers

Help us help you:



You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having
both at once. - RAH
 
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Bruce Chambers

PrestonP said:
Excellent! Thank you Bruce.

You're welcome.

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You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having
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