I recently installed a new HD into my older Gateway desktop. Into this I installed WinXP. I set my jumpers and BIOS to have the new drive as the master and the older drive as the slave. But, since then, whenever the date changes while the computer is turned off, I will have to try 3-7 times to get it to boot properly. I took out the old drive to see if the problem was a boot conflict involving the choice of operating systems, but it still will not boot with just the new drive after the date change. However, if I leave the computer on, in standby, the date can change and there are no problems. I'm not sure if this has to do with existing Gateway components, or if my hardware just cannot handle the startup of Windows XP, or if it has something to do with the way my BIOS are set. Please offer any insight into this problem.


This question was answered on August 22, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

It's sounds more like you might need a new motherboard An 80g hard drive with an old mother that can't support more then it was supporting Try putting back the old HD and see if you get any problems there if not then you'll know that it's the motherboard Carlos Millan Jr.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on August 22, 2003