Not quite migrated to new PC

Well, the saga of my new office PC continues.


Yesterday I achieved the following:

  1. Connected my PC to the network (many thanks to Jon, our local, networking hero)
  2. Transferred all my backed-up data from external drive to new PC
  3. Had one of the techies come over to the office to install Microsoft Office 2003 over the network
  4. Installed most of my other software
  5. Successfully transferred my Outlook PST file over

By this point it was about 18:45, and I thought: I’ll just stay a bit longer, get the graphics card moved into my new PC, install the drivers, and that’ll be me.

I just wanted to be able to return to the office on Monday morning and get to work with my new PC in its faster, larger capacity, three-monitor goodness … a positively “techy heaven”, as Doug might say.


Sadly it didn’t feel much like techy heaven last night at 20:45 while I was still in the office struggling to get my new PC to recognise the second graphics card from my old PC.

It works perfectly in the IBM 8172-CTO but not the newer 8215-CTO.  Very bizzare.

When I boot up I get an error like this:

Error 1806: PCI Plug ‘n Play Resource Conflict

or something similar. And if I didn’t get that then it was a reboot cycle:

  1. Reboot
  2. Windows loading splash screen
  3. Blank screen
  4. Repeat

In the end I gave up around 21:00 and came home. Bah!

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

5 thoughts on “Not quite migrated to new PC”

  1. Somewhere around that error message I’d be taking a dive into the BIOS to play with the PCI IRQ allocation settings – there’s normally some kind of “reset, back to square zero, let the BIOS sort them all out” kind of setting in there somewhere.

    This might or might not help 🙂

  2. I know this may sound naive but is it maybe becasue it’s a second graphics card from an old PC?

    Hope you reach 3 monitor techy heaven soon 😀

  3. It was a Radeon 9250 PCI graphics card taken from an IBM 8172, put into an almost identical, although newer IBM 8215.

    It should have worked, in theory.

    It didn’t. So eventually I got a replacement 8172. Worked straight away. No questions asked.

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