cjshaker said:After WinXP updates a couple of weeks ago, and some change I made to BIOS, my machine burned up another activation. For some reason, the BIOS decided to remap devices in memory. That caused windows to think that my hardware had changed. I'm not sure how I caused it to do that. I learned about the device addresses changing from the Windows system log. Wanted to know what WinXP was complaining about.
It really should have not done that.
AFAIK the OOBE code only looks for major changes to the system, e.g. MAC address or motherboard serialization.
I've re-imaged a windows install to a new hard drive, then put the new drive into the old system along with a new video card.
Xp came up, found the new drive ( to install the drivers ), asked for the new video drivers, rebooted and all was well with the world.
I wonder if there was a large change to one of the hardware keys, causing the system to assume it was newly installed...
cjshaker said:Is there some BIOS setting that I could have screwed up which could cause the graphics to run slow in Windows, yet be fast when full screen?
Not really, other than the AGP aperture size, everything is controlled by Windows itself.
Even the motherboard bios and video bios is replaced by a "virtual" one as the system boots.
cjshaker said:Sounds good. I'll try the Nvidia card soon, if I can't find a problem in my BIOS config.