Original mainboard: P4VMM2 NEW: P4MDPT (socket 478)
2 Ghz P4, 256 Meg ram, 60 gig HD, Atech flashcard reader (USB-connected, reads 3-card types). CDRW, DVDRW (both LiteOn), 3.5" floppy. Qtronix keyboard: (Scorpius-98N). Qtronix PS2 mouse (two-button plus a center wheel).
Qtronix keyboard (Scorpius-98N, USB) is not correctly recognized by Windows (PNP) , and installs as "standard" every time! So special keys DON'T WORK!
"V2 Premier" System was sold to me by Viscom Technology, marketed by ShopNBC, in July, 2002. Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity was glued on case, with name "Hsing Tech" on certificate (near top left). So-called "Emergency Recovery CD's (two, not the same), both BOOT TO Windows 98! Both CD's were supplied by ECS, the maker of the mainboard! Microsoft Piracy Hotline (1-800-RU-LEGIT) says supplier of recovery CD(s) should have been the same as Cert. of Auth. (Hsing Tech). No CD for "XP Home" was ever supplied. Hard drive still is OK (low bad sector count) according to a system info utility called AIDA32 (bad sector count is well below threshold limit for SMART technonlogy). The old motherboard had problem in the USB subsystem that (I think) caused a bunch of files on the hard drive to get screwed up. System Restore is part of what was screwed up! No system restore points are ever available, from normal mode, diagnostic mode or safe mode! You can create one, but then it disappears at the next re-boot!
Recovery console is ON THE HARD DRIVE (lucky me, because I have no useable recovery CD --- that is, MAYBE "lucky me!" Read on!
I booted to safe mode / command prompt and ran C:Windows\i386\WINNT32.EXE, which STARTS Recovery Console from the hard drive--(blue screen, DOS-looking environment). The screens tell me that "upgrade is NOT available", which is UNLIKE the "in-place upgrade" system recovery you can do from a genuine Recovery CD. Recovery Console then copies a lot of files (I'm assuming system files), and then ASKS whether I want to do a "clean install" or a "recovery" of existing system. So far so good! Now here is the rub! According to Microsoft, there is a problem at my next step! (see the following link:
Article 308402 is about Win XP giving a response of "Invalid Administrator password" when trying to log on Recovery Console! I set the Admin. password in safe mode, while logged on as Admin (8 characters), but that password did NOT work to get into recovery console! Microsoft tech support had NO ANSWERS after four hours on the phone, with four different tech's! Recovery console gives me three tries at "guessing" the password, then EXITS (with a message about three invalid password tries)!!
I'm pretty good with computers (for self-taught, anyway), but this one has me stumped! Anybody have any ideas? Thanks!