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After much deliberating and research I decided to run osx86 on my mobo (via deadmoo img), thus completely overwriting windows xp mc edition, only by accident. In the beginning I didnt mind not having windows simply because of how smoothly the program ran on my system. About two weeks into my exploration and tweaking of osx, I still could not get my sound nor was I able to run any apps, once downloaded and I didnt even have a system restore cd or any media center software for that fact to uninstall osx and reinstall it. However I do know that I had a backup partition on one of my internal Hard Drives but I have not found a way to retrieve that. Once I gave up on retrieving the media center software, I went out and bought Windows XP Pro SP2, only because I couldnt find the original media center os anywhere. Once windows (pro) was back up and running, I noticed I did not get any sound nor did I find my ATI x800 pro as an adapter under my display properties, instead I just see "vgasave" and it says the device is working properly, but I went to ATI and tried to download the driver for my version graphics card, my computer began flikering like crazy and I wound up having to do a system restore to correct this because uninstalling driver did not work. Also I noticed I still had no sound. Could this be due to the difference in operating systems, i.e. going from Media Center to Pro? One more thing I noticed is that when I download the driver I noticed my mouse scrolled down screens smothly without jumping, now its back to that again, any info on how to correct this would be completely appreciated.



Also now when I plug my external HD into my PC, running xp pro, it asks me if I want to format the drive, whick I dont because I have vital info on it, is there any way to save my stuff without deleting. by the way this wasnt done on the system in my sig, it was done on my home pc. The specs being


Intel P4 660 Prescott 3.6

800Mhz FSB

Intel {D915GSE2} I915p/I915G


Windows Prof. Media Center Edition


ATI Radeon X800pro 256mb

2 *250GB Hard Drives (internal)

1 *80GB SeaGate (external)

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hopefully I remember this the next day...i am so drunk. it takes me so lonh to type

well, the soiund sghould not be effected by osx, osx obly runs the sound, if you have xp setup right, it should work rigfht,


lolm I feel so hgood

ed to I am bolred right now and i'm goinbg through favorite sites. pm me tommorow ad tm answer will read comprehebsablr.


io just fell our of thge chasir

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Sounds to me like your initial installation had a lot of machine-specific drivers added to it. Those drivers simply are not in the XP Pro install discs.


Your sound hardware and video adapter don't appear to have drivers in the XP basebuild. You have to go to the driver sites and download them. Yes, your screen will flicker and behave awfully until you get the proper graphics driver installed because it's running in bog-standard VGA mode. This, and the lack of sound, are pretty typical of a straight disc install on specific hardware.


So your problems are most likely caused by the lack of the right drivers. Actually Media Center Edition is shipped by OEMs tailored to their specific hardware, which is why you can't buy a generic copy. The good news (in case you were worried) is that no permanent ill-effects should result from swapping operating systems.


Go to the Windows Device Manager and look for those yellow exclamation marks to find what hardware isn't recognised, then you'll know which drivers to get.


Note that you should be VERY careful about using the drivers that Microsoft Windows Update offers to you. It is well known that the drivers they offer for ATI, D-Link and Linksys cards will break things.

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