Many apologies if this has already been answered (my reading the majority of the thread didn't indicate as such, however), but I'd hope someone could read and, hopefully, provide some assistance for my case.
I'm running Windows XP Pro 64-bit edition on an ECS nForce 4 mobo. The install progresses fine and the OS is quite usable and the initial installation of the nForce platform drivers appear to go smoothly. The issue that I'm encountering is as such:
The only hard drives installed on the system are SATA-based (i.e. I have no PATA disks). They're not configured for RAID or anything fancy, they're to appear as normal, individual drives to Windows and I'd like to have them remain that way.
Anyway, the initial install of the nForce drivers go fine, I reboot as it requests, and it comes back up just fine. Upon reboot Windows detects new hardware (not really, of course, it's just installing the drives once again with the updated drivers) and once again asks me to reboot. When I do so I find myself 'stuck' at the loading screen. Quite a few people mention BSODs and freezes and the like, but I seem to be alone in my issue, where the loading Windows 'crawler' (the blue progress bar that goes from left to right) continues indefinitely, never ultimately allowing Windows to load.
I'd attempted to do a recovery using the last known good configuration (that's even after manually forcing a system restore point), but no dice.
I'm thinking that given that the SATA disks are where Windows was initially installed, by installing the updated SATA drivers I'm changing something about the disk enumeration or a boot record or something, so Windows is left high and dry.
I'm guessing that if Windows has the appropriate nVidia drivers at the outset of the install process (like if I were to integrate them with the install media) I'm guessing that Windows wouldn't balk, as they'd be the drivers that are used upon the first boot. Thus, all my subsequent upgrades (whenever new platform drivers are released) should give me no issue.
Has anyone else either had this issue or encountered something similar? I've done a rather copious amount of searching via Google but haven't had much luck, largely since the results I get are overwhelmed by people getting the BSODs and freezes. I guess, if you'd like to get technical, my issue is a 'freeze,' though it seems like the system doesn't lock up, it's just stalled, conceivably looking for the disks.
I certainly do thank you for taking the time to read my post.
This post has been edited by owenkun: 21 October 2005 - 07:51 AM