New Mobos and XP

  kingkenny 14:58 27 Oct 03
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Wanting to purchase a new mobo with 8xAGP support but seem to remember reading that XP doesn't like new mobos being attached and gets all protective of the information on the HDD. Its something to do with the product key i think.

Can I confirm if this is true and if so what are the ways around it?

  expertec 15:06 27 Oct 03

What are the 10 hardware characteristics used to determine the hardware hash?

The 10 hardware characteristics used to determine the hardware hash are: Display Adapter, SCSI Adapter, IDE Adapter, Network Adapter MAC Address, RAM Amount Range (i.e. 0-64mb, 64-128mb, etc), Processor Type, Processor Serial Number, Hard Drive Device, Hard Drive Volume Serial Number, CD-ROM / CD-RW / DVD-ROM.

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  expertec 15:09 27 Oct 03

How does product activation determine tolerance? In other words, how many components of the PC must change before I am required to reactivate?


Common changes to hardware such as upgrading a video card, adding a second hard disk drive, adding RAM or upgrading a CD-ROM device will not require the system to be reactivated.


Specifically, product activation determines tolerance through a voting mechanism. There are 10 hardware characteristics used in creating the hardware hash. Each characteristic is worth one vote, except the network card which is worth three votes. When thinking of tolerance, it's easiest to think about what has not changed instead of what has changed. When the current hardware hash is compared to the original hardware hash, there must be 7 or more matching points for the two hardware hashes to be considered in tolerance. If the network card is the same, then only 4 additional characteristics must match (because the network card is worth 3, for a total of 7). If the network card is not the same, then a total of 7 characteristics other than the network card must be the same. If the device is a laptop (specifically a dockable device), additional tolerance is allotted and there need be only 4 or more matching points. Therefore, if the device is dockable and the network card is the same, only one other characteristic must be the same for a total vote of 4. If the device is dockable and the network card is not the same, then a total of 4 characteristics other than the network card must be the same.

  kingkenny 15:10 27 Oct 03

Bah?

  kingkenny 15:15 27 Oct 03

I know i would have to activate again probably, but i had heard that a new motherboard installation prohibits access to the windows data on an HDD.

Expertec, do you have experience of upgrading a mobo with XP?

  Chegs ® 15:17 27 Oct 03

I replaced my mobo running XP,had to reactivate.I changed most of my system and some didn't require reactivating some did.As it only takes seconds to reactivate(over the net)it's not really an issue.Even if you reactivate "too many" times inside a set period,a short phonecall to M$ "resets" the counter and it can be activated over the net once again.

  kingkenny 15:20 27 Oct 03

so when you installed your new Mobo and connected it up to your C drive with a current install of XP did everything boot up without a hitch? (aside from the product activation)

  mikeyb59 15:46 27 Oct 03

Some months ago when I upgraded my Mobo & CPU I had to re-install xp. Re-activated with no problems at all.

As Chegs says, its not an issue.

  dth 17:13 27 Oct 03

I have re-activated my copy of Win XP about 20 times over the last year. Never been a problem.

  kingkenny 18:32 27 Oct 03

ok thanks guys

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