Thank you for your response.
> 1) Yes, after removing all drivers, you have at least to reinstall default
> IDE drivers (included in osdtool). If your disk is a SATA one, then you
> also have to install the driver for it. If you change only the MB+CPU, then
> you may try to "remove all drivers except storage ones".
Yes, I have SATA HDDs - is the default SATA driver also included in osdtool (or can the script install it using OS files) or I should find this on ASUS site? I assume it's located in chipset driver package?
I assume that, in case of serious problems, I can make a copy of OS located on SATA HDD to IDE HDD, use default IDE driver, boot to XP, install all drivers, and lastly copy OS from IDE to SATA HDD?
> 2) The osdtool can detect the HAL to use, and it will suggest you the HAL
> to install. If your XP is a x64 one (64-bits version), then you don't have
> to change it (osdtool will tell).
> Be aware that XP is no more supported by Microsoft. It may not work with
> your new MB and CPU.
My 'new' MB and CPU is old - just more powerful than my current PC