You won't believe it, I actually got the thing working. I came up with a brilliant idea, all by myself too
I started the xp instal from the autostart through ME on my old PC. When it got to the first restart stage (just after installing setup files) I turned my old pc off just when it had clicked through to restarting. Then I just took that drive (ide) out and put it in my new pc, turned it on and continued the install of XP
. It is running a little sluggish mind, I don't know if its because some of the things survived the XP instal, or because its a 5 year old drive (WD Caviar 20GB), or even if its because I'm meant to instal new drivers for the hardware or summat, Im not really sure, but right now I'm just happy I got the thing going
Umm, what exactly should I do now, as far as getting this thing going as it should? I've installed the many programs and drivers that come with my mobo on a cd, set up my router (obviously, or else I wouldnt be here to post right now!), but what else is needed? Do I need to wait for my new drive before I can expect to use some games on here, or edit large photos, or even scroll down on the tech-forums page without it chugging like a rusty saw?
EDIT: actually, clearly the first thing I shoud do is to download firefox again
And just installed nvidias drivers, and now its running a lot smoother