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Topic # 58588 15-Mar-2010 18:35
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Hi all. New to this site

Desperately need some help. Have tried to help a good friend out. Migrated his 5 year old motherboard to a Mid Tower TT case with a Evo Blue 550w Power supply. Motherboard has a SiS964 chipset. All worked fine in original microATX case but ran very very hot due to poor quality case, 300w PSU and crap siting of case itself (ie on floor under desk in office)

My solution was to migrate existing hardware into decent case with large fans and uprated PSU.

So, transferred everything without a hitch.

Except, on first power up, and all subsequent power ups, Windows XP Home tries to start then flashes a blue screen and returns to black Safe Mode screen with all Safe Mode and Last good  and Start Normally options resulting in same result. XP tries to start, but returns to same black screen.

HDD is a SATA drive, seagate Baracuda 17AS model.

Chcked BIOS settings.

BIOS settings are, SATA controller enabled, SATA type set to IDE (asonly using one SATA drive)

Drive is detected and correctly identified as SATA0 - ST380817AS on Ch2 M.

Boot sequence = Auto detect Hard drive, boot 1 =  HDD, Boot 2 = CD/DVD ROM (which reports and works fine as EIDE), Boot 3 = USB HDDD.

Can someone please help  me sort this out.

I had created a back up of all all programmes and files on a WD 1Tb USB drive prior to migration.

All new fans, RAM, Motherboard and Case functions work fine.

upgraded RAM to 1Gb 400 DDR - which is correctly detected and reported through BIOS.

PC Health reports all ok for vloltages tempreature and CPU Fan Speed.

Got to get this fixed...quickly.

Have ordered a EIDE 320gb WD HDD just in case I hvae to go backwards.

Am well aware that the age of motherboard, launch of XP and SATA tech coincide as the worst possible combination. i.e. Gigabyte motherboard with SiS964 Chipset and SATA suffered issues, XP Home didn't have SATA drivers. etc.

But 5 years on didn't expect to have trouble unplugging SATA drive, moving it into a new case, repowering it, would lead to this.

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  Reply # 307472 15-Mar-2010 18:39
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have you tried changing the SATA mode in Bios from AHCI to IDE or vice versa?

cheers,
AS




I would love to change the world, but they won't give me the source code

#BOFH



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  Reply # 307476 15-Mar-2010 18:42
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Hi, and thankx. Yup, have tried that. Even tried getting it to see the drive as a single device under RAID too. Device is detected, reported as present, and correctly named and sized, allocated to MASTER CHANNEL 2 in Eide,

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  Reply # 307477 15-Mar-2010 18:42
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Ahh the other things I was going to suggest was....

- can you start in safe mode (press F8..i assume you know how to do this bit - let me know if not..)

- if you disable automatic restart, the bluescreen will give you an error code...something like 0x00000AB...can you tell us what that error code is?





I would love to change the world, but they won't give me the source code

#BOFH



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  Reply # 307482 15-Mar-2010 18:46
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Unable to start in any SAFE MODE as get same result.

Don't know how to turn off Auto restart to allow me to read Blue screen code. Let's start there, thankx

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  Reply # 307483 15-Mar-2010 18:48
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Well you press F8...to get the normal startup menu....pretty sure one of those options is...

Disable Automatic restart on system failure....

choose that one..and wait for the BSOD




I would love to change the world, but they won't give me the source code

#BOFH

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  Reply # 307485 15-Mar-2010 18:49
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put old ram back in and see if that helps



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  Reply # 307486 15-Mar-2010 18:54
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OKey Dokey will do that. Are you around tomorrow afternoon? Am heading back to job after 1pm. Will post error code once I get there.

Any other suggestions I could research work on before tomorrow.

Cheers

PS have also pruchased a Radeon AGP 8x video card too, YES it is old tech, but a new 4650 board appropriate to motherboard P4 processor and upgraded RAM.



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  Reply # 307487 15-Mar-2010 18:55
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RAM made no diff, tried that last week, but thanks for advice, as problem occurred initially with old RAM installed. Upgraded RAM since migration......

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Reply # 307490 15-Mar-2010 18:57
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Yep, should be...see my number on email.

BTW, do you reckon it'll float in a swimming pool? :P





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#BOFH



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  Reply # 307493 15-Mar-2010 19:01
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LMFAO - had it been my own machine I'd have tried the floating thing with embellishments, but it's an elderly friends PC and I need to fix this



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  Reply # 307840 16-Mar-2010 15:01
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Rightyho, Thanks to Quandum, have managed to get the PC to boot rom XP Home install disc, and then accessed the Recovery console. Am currently running chkdsk / r. We have had healthy read noises fromthe HDD up to 75% completed. Then the counter went back to 50% and started counting back up slowly and quietly, with random read noises from HDD as this progressed. Currently back up to 59%, so figure it's quietly doing it's thing. Taken about an hour so far.

Will keep updating this thread as a guide for others.

Useful links to date http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/xprepair/thread/62a7226d-749c-4832-83ba-dd21f9087d1.../

Useful sites UBCD4Win, courtesy of Quandum.

Confident I will resolve this using these resources and with the help of Quandum.



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  Reply # 307844 16-Mar-2010 15:11
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This is the final screen ext poat completion of chkdsk /r.

Microsoft Windows XP(TM) Recovery Console.

The recovery console provides system repair and recovery functionality.

Type EXIT to quit Recovery Console and restart the computer.

C:\>chkdsk /r
CHKDSK is checking the volume.
CHKDSK is performing additional checking or recovery...
CHKDSK is performing additional checking or recovery...
CHKDSK is performing additional checking or recovery...
CHKDSK found and fixed one or more errors on the volume.
156288230 kilobytes total disk space.
58584952 Kilobytes are available.

4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
39072080 total allocation units on disk.
14646238 allocation units available on disk.

C:\>



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  Reply # 307850 16-Mar-2010 15:27
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Typed EXIT at C:\> prompt.

PC rebooted, arrived at Black Screen, Start in SAFE MODE and Last Known and Windows Normally. Selected LAST KNOWN GOOD CONFIG.

Pressed Enter, Windows rebooted properly.

All USB's work, all Windows preferences loaded, HDD busy working making lovely read noises.

Begs question, in transferring Motherboard and Peripherals to yummy new case, how or what did I corrupt by disconnecting and reconnecting a single old style SATA drive from the SiS964 chipset controlled SATA output on the motherboard?

Any suggestions.

Deep and grateful thanks for the help of Quandrum.

Cheers for now


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  Reply # 307885 16-Mar-2010 16:40
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Glad it worked MMC

Here's the link for the BIOS flash... http://download.gigabyte.eu/FileList/BIOS/motherboard_bios_ga-8s661fxm-775_f4.exe




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#BOFH



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  Reply # 307901 16-Mar-2010 17:08
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Cool - have installed @BIOS and Gigabyte C.O.M to verify motherboard version. Checked website again and couldn't determine differences between v1 and v2. Machine invoiced for purchase in Oct 2005. Looked at every detail in photo and compared specs and just couldn't determine diffs. Except notes about Intel 805 running a 566Mhz Front Side Bus. Our version is a P4 with 800Mhz FSB and probably V1

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