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I have an Acer XP-Pro with a failed mainboard. Caps have gone bad, a consistent problem with Acer's.

What is the procedure, in RegEdit to install the hard drive is a Dell box?

The Acer won't boot, bad caps=bad power. I want to pull that hard drive and place it into a Dell box, after removing it's hard drive.
Frank DiPiazzaPresidentAsked:
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Mal OsborneAlpha GeekCommented:
Assuming the Dell box has an HDD controller that is natively supported by the OS on the drive, it should just boot. You will probably have to install a heap of other drivers, but provided the HDD controller works, the rest is usually pretty easy.


If you are certain that the problem on the old board is leaky capacitors, then they can be replaced pretty easily. Requires a soldering iron and some  basic skill, but pretty simple.
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dbruntonCommented:
Well, no, that won't work.  Assuming this is Acer XP it will scream when it finds itself inside a Dell machine and not start.
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AndyAinscowFreelance programmer / ConsultantCommented:
You will very likely have loads of work to do to make it boot and run.  Missing drivers...
It is possible it won't ever run even after spending hours working on it.

Consider a clean install of windows on the new machine and have this as a second hard drive for the data it contains.  (It will probably run faster because all the crap that has accumulated over the years isn't loading when you boot up.)
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Frank DiPiazzaPresidentAuthor Commented:
The answers here for the most part is why I have such disdain for Microsoft and Windows. Versions back, one could delete the specific hardware portion of the registry from Safe-Boot, and then boot up normally, only to have Windows ask for some specific drivers for the hardware it finds. Not so anymore?
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Mal OsborneAlpha GeekCommented:
Not knowing the particular version of Windows, or the particular Dell box you are using, it is impossible to say if it will boot. All that needs to work is the HDD controller, generally, if the hardware is a little older than the OS, and is fairly mainstream, it will be supported natively.

You may have to use a USB drive or cut a CD to get drivers running for your NIC, once you boot and have connectivity the rest is all easy.
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Dirk MareSystems Engineer (Acting IT Manager)Commented:
all comments above are 100% accurate and if you get all the correct drivers injected you might have Windows activation issues as well. Rather go the clean install route on a new drive and keep the acer drive intact with all data and settings.

DirkMare
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AndyAinscowFreelance programmer / ConsultantCommented:
>>one could delete the specific hardware portion of the registry from Safe-Boot, and then boot up normally

And when it doesn't even get started because a critical driver is missing?  What you are talking about doing is very different from the above statement.
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Frank DiPiazzaPresidentAuthor Commented:
DirkMare,

A clean boot would be desirable, but the problem is the programs. Reinstalling them all is a time consuming problem, and time is the issue.

I'm going to try another Acer box with the same mainboard, and swapping hard drives. It is a solution, but it will be temporary, until I locate a replacement EG31M board.

Thank you.

Frank
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