Replacement hard-drive won't boot Windows XP
Posted on 2004-08-18
I have a Western Digital WD 200AB hard-drive that has Windows XP Pro installed and is in working order. I wish to install that HD into my Dell Dimension L866r, Pent II, MMX Tech, 254 MB RAM PC which is also in working order. However, when I start the PC with the WD hard-drive it will run the BIOS but then it reads that Windows did not shut down properly and if I want to start in Normal, safe mode, etc. No matter what I pick the PC resets itself, goes through the BIOS, and reads the same thing again.
I have tried every combination of jumper setting on the HD to no avail. In the past I have not had a problem switching one HD for another so I know the basics. The previous HD on the Dell is also a WD200 and it still works but has Windows 98 installed.
The Mobo is an Intel CA810E Version AAA01985-312. Intel does have a driver update for the BIOS but there is an express BIOS and iFlash BIOS available. There is also a Firmware Driver but I don't know if any of these files are appropriate for my system. I don't know enough to know which one to pick or that if it will help at all.