Wannabe1, thanks for your replys. I'm not exactly sure of my sons parable that he just asked. Our problem might not be worth solving in the first place.
Our newest computer project is one we bought off ebay. It's a new unit, showing install date of July 21, 2006. First thing we did was updates and it validated. It came with daul HDDs dated june 2006 both 120gig one in FAT32 other NTFS. We ran it on PCPITSTOP and was rather disappointed with its score. The pitstop scan showed the OS on FAT and the NTFS as totally free space. We were thinking that it would do better in NTFS. Plus two 120 gigs in the same machine is more than we need, we could use one elsewhere. We have several OS a half dozen brand new keys we bought last week. I don't want to waste a second key on this PC, but when I installed a new copy in NTFS on the second drive and used the key we validated 2 days ago from the sticker on back. It says the product key is invalid without it even being online yet. Also after three different new installs we have never been able to get it to install its onboard DSL. Yet the OS it came with runs the DSL fine. This is a very odd PC, the thing has wheels, brakes, 8 LEDs on front, slide in locking HDDs, with locking door in front of them.Says IMS in glass emblem, has 4 fans on front,3 fans on rear, 2 fans on TOP, 3 inside. Shipping weight is more than double regular full size ATX. Think it could be a server but that didn't show in PITSTOP. This came without a XP Pro disk, we have three versions of XP Pro on hand though some with SP1 and an early and late version of SP2 all PRO. None are compatible with the key on the PC sticker. 2nd weird thing is the OS that came on it recognizes the onboard LAN/DSL and OB sound but none of our full installs will. What am I up to now, about question 4? Is this an oddball OS that belongs in this oddball PC with some kind of unique components that require a special version of XP Pro? Yesterday I did updates in FAT and converted it from SP1 to SP2. Being brand new it's not pertinant info to worry about losing in changing to NTFS, other than all the antivirus/cleaners,etc I just spent the day putting in. I can't actually use any of the brand new OS anyway because they wont install the onboard LAN and sound. I don't want to lose the OS that I paid for with the new PC as it has a unique KEY (and valid to its OS) and ability to install the boards components (that brand new FULL XP PRO SP2 can not). #5. I may be screwed later if this OS needs repaired and is not compatible with normal XP Pro disks.
Starting over! 1. Should we switch to NTFS, would you, is it better?
2. Why can't I use the key on its sticker, for a new install in it? All my disks say that is NOT a A "VALID PRODUCT ID" when I reinstall on the empty drive.EVEN WITHOUT INTERNET!
3. Why won't our new XP SP2 install the onboard components.
4. Due to this being sort of freak OS and PC, how do I get a disk for it?
5.We spent a big wad on this one knowing it had very impressive specs, How can we make the
most out of it, fastest and use other drive elsewhere.
6.ALWAYS After POST it asked "XP or other" to boot, there is no other,(I think C drive may
have another partition) or the two formats make it think there are two OS. If we give up on
everything, how do we make it boot to XP without asking us to select and press enter
everytime that we turn it on?
ENOUGH FOR NOW! PLEASE EVERYONE, BITE OFF as much of this as you can. Explanations, directions, and sorces are ALL GREATLY APPRECIATED. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!
Edited by crunch, 21 August 2006 - 11:44 PM.