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gheron

[Help] - WinXP loading problem

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gheron    0

Hi Guys, I apologise in advance for what might be a long winded post!

I recently built my own rig

Athlon 64 3500+

Asus A8n-Sli Deluxe

1Gb Corsair

Asus 6600 256Mb

200Gb SATA

20Gb IDE

Anyways, everything was going well with my machine, and then I oticed a noise from the chipset fan, which Asus has confirmed is defective on there A8n board, they offred to send me there updated heatsink/fan but I decided to go for the Zalman Northbridge heatsink everybody was suggesting.

Successfully installed it last night.

Before I got my heatsink, while still using the old one, I noticed that my version of XP on my IDE when booting was hanging with a very faint screen on the winXP logo, then suddenly after 20 seconds it would brighten up and the progress bar would move and boot normally, I just put it down to the chipset overheating with the fan being faulty. It wasnt happening for my SATA install of XP (have a MCE 2005 and SP2 version).

After installing the new Zalman I thought it would be fixed, but now it is happening for both drives. SATA and IDE.

I had thought it could be to do with Micorsoft Media Deskop, wireless keyboard and mouse that I have, it does not seem to work in the bios screen, I cant actually use it untill XP loads. Have tried enabling USB legacy support.

Has anybody got any ideas? If you can be bothered to read this post!!

Cheers

Graeme

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f14    0

You can add a new line with "/SOS" switch in the boot.ini file. This switch causes the names of drivers to be displayed as they load during boot. Maybe you could find the defective driver.

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gheron    0

Cheers

I might give that a go and see what is causing it, bet its something to do with nforce4, seem to have nothing but problems with that.

Can you give me a guide on adding that switch in, havent tried anything like that before?

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Control Panel -> System -> Advanced -> Settings of "Startup and Recovery" -> Click the "Edit" button. When the notepad opens, copy the line like "multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect" to a new line, and change to "multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional SOS" /SOS". (these digitals maybe are different, copy yours). Then restart. Choose the "Microsoft Windows XP Professional SOS" item as XP begins to boot.

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