The 2400MHZ Celeron CPU went bad on Asus P4P800S-X mobo which was replaced with MSI 870S-G54 mobo with AM3 3000MHZ CPU using existing 1TB Seagate SATA hard drive, but Winxp Pro SP2 doesn’t boot. An error screen shows boot menu as if F8 were pressed to boot to safe mode when boot attempt is made, and the mouse stops working when a menu selection is made. If I do a fresh install, everything works fine, but the problem recurs if I restore images of the drive whether using Ghost or Seagate Discwizard to restore the images. There’s one very important program in the images that can’t be reinstalled. I’ve tried to do Winxp repair install, but there’s no repair install option when setup is run from Winxp CD.
I tried the 8 command recovery console steps shown at http://tech.icrontic.com/articles/repair_windows_xp with no fix. Actually it doesn’t prompt which Windows install I wish to repair that seems to me to indicate it doesn’t see the Windows install. However, all files are on the drive when I view them after boot to Bart PE CD. I’ve similarly upgraded numerous IDE systems in the same way with never a problem, but this is my first try with an SATA system. Is there any way to get the restored image to boot Windows with new mobo on this SATA drive? I’ve considered adding an IDE drive to restore image too that should get the system to boot, but I’d like to be able to boot the SATA drive with restored image if possible. I considered adding IDE drive temporarily, then install all drivers for new hardware and create an image of that IDE drive to restore to the SATA drive, but I’m unsure if that’d work and could be a lot of effort for nothing if it didn’t work. Does anybody know if there’s a working solution to this problem?