Urgent! Serious Problem folks...


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Brandon

Okay, so I just went out and bought a new Asus P4P800-E DX board and
2.8E Prescott CPU... one would think everything would be cool right?
Easy as pie... nope.

My old P3 1Gig/256/40G is what I'm upgrading from. (and currently
using)

Here's the problem: I've installed the board, no problem, I can
access BIOS and all that fun stuff... it EVEN recognizes my Samsung
HD...

HOWEVER...

Whenever I go to boot up, it gets as far as a black screen then
reboots... when I try Win XP Safe mode or command prompt, you can see
the drivers being loaded and then *poof* reboot.

The harddrive boots fine, I'm using it right now, I've patched my P3
board in for the short term while I figure this out. I'd call ASUS
support, but they're a CRAZY long distance number for me (Canada) and
I hear they're evil for making you wait on the line...

I can't even update the BIOS 'cause for some reason, my boot disks
aren't working... they're telling me that my Command.com is
corrupted... when they're obviously not...

What the $%#! is going on?

Please help... thanks!
Brandon

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SteveH

Brandon said:
Okay, so I just went out and bought a new Asus P4P800-E DX board and
2.8E Prescott CPU... one would think everything would be cool right?
Easy as pie... nope.

My old P3 1Gig/256/40G is what I'm upgrading from. (and currently
using)

Here's the problem: I've installed the board, no problem, I can
access BIOS and all that fun stuff... it EVEN recognizes my Samsung
HD...

HOWEVER...

Whenever I go to boot up, it gets as far as a black screen then
reboots... when I try Win XP Safe mode or command prompt, you can see
the drivers being loaded and then *poof* reboot.

The harddrive boots fine, I'm using it right now, I've patched my P3
board in for the short term while I figure this out. I'd call ASUS
support, but they're a CRAZY long distance number for me (Canada) and
I hear they're evil for making you wait on the line...

I can't even update the BIOS 'cause for some reason, my boot disks
aren't working... they're telling me that my Command.com is
corrupted... when they're obviously not...

What the $%#! is going on?

Please help... thanks!
Brandon
Hi,
Are you trying to boot from the XP you were running on your old board? If
so, it's unlikely it's going to boot up and behave like nothing has
happened.
You would need to boot from your XP install CD and do a repair install.
If you are talking about a fresh instal you have done, I would go into BIOS
and try failsafe settings for a start, and see what happens.

HTH
SteveH
 
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sooky grumper

Brandon said:
Okay, so I just went out and bought a new Asus P4P800-E DX board and
2.8E Prescott CPU... one would think everything would be cool right?
Easy as pie... nope.

My old P3 1Gig/256/40G is what I'm upgrading from. (and currently
using)
And you DID upgrade the POWER SUPPLY too, right?
Here's the problem: I've installed the board, no problem, I can
access BIOS and all that fun stuff... it EVEN recognizes my Samsung
HD...

HOWEVER...

Whenever I go to boot up, it gets as far as a black screen then
reboots... when I try Win XP Safe mode or command prompt, you can see
the drivers being loaded and then *poof* reboot.

The harddrive boots fine, I'm using it right now, I've patched my P3
board in for the short term while I figure this out. I'd call ASUS
support, but they're a CRAZY long distance number for me (Canada) and
I hear they're evil for making you wait on the line...
Assuming it isn't the power supply, then check that you've installed the
heat sink correctly AND the fan is spinning.

Other things to check AFTER these first two:
1. RAM: run memtest86
2. Reinstall windows from the cdrom by selecting options as though you
were doing a clean install (recommended) and when it finds a previous
version, tell it to repair it.
 
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Brandon

Hey all!

Thanks for the help ;) As is turns out, it ended up being not a
hardware issue at all... well sort of... it was BECAUSE of the
hardware.

Apparently ripping out a good chunk of your PC hardware and installing
new stuff is enough to make Win XP go 'WTF'?!

Once I repaired XP with the CD everything's been kosher...

Tho' for the record I had no idea that the newer systems/fans, etc
were SO noisy...

Outside of throwing a blanked over it, is there any way to quiet this
beast down?

Thanks all,

Cheers!

Brandon

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Larc

On 16 May 2004 11:04:48 -0400,
(e-mail address removed)-spam.invalid (Brandon) wrote:

| Hey all!
|
| Thanks for the help ;) As is turns out, it ended up being not a
| hardware issue at all... well sort of... it was BECAUSE of the
| hardware.
|
| Apparently ripping out a good chunk of your PC hardware and installing
| new stuff is enough to make Win XP go 'WTF'?!
|
| Once I repaired XP with the CD everything's been kosher...
|
| Tho' for the record I had no idea that the newer systems/fans, etc
| were SO noisy...
|
| Outside of throwing a blanked over it, is there any way to quiet this
| beast down?

First of all, DON'T throw a blanket over it! Computers need to be
able to "breathe" as much as possible. You can replace noisy fans
with quieter ones. Also, use a program such as SpeedFan (current
version 4.11) to regulate system fan speeds in some instances. You
can get it here:

http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php

Fans that can sometimes be loudest are those in PSUs. Replacing a PSU
with an Antec True cut noise in my system dramatically. With the case
open and your computer running in an area that gives you good access
to all the fans, you should be able to judge which the culprits are.
Surprisingly, I found that the stock Intel fan on my P4 heatsink
wasn't a problem.

Larc



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