too bizarre for me

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by greggustin, Mar 7, 2006.

  1. greggustin

    greggustin OSNN Addict

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    I formatted 2 HD
    installed winXP Pro
    all normal = no mods
    loaded sound driver CD
    did Windows update
    system asked for reboot
    I did = got bood sector error plz use sytem CD???
    NOTHING I did removed this issue
    so, I removed that HD
    installed XP onto remaining HD
    which now thinks it is C drive
    all is well
    No issues with fresh install
    loaded image burning software
    loaded sound driver cd
    and during a reboot
    got same error again!!!!!
    checked all cables and power
    same boot sector error on 2 different IDE HD???

    helllllllllp with ideas???
     
  2. kcnychief

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  3. greggustin

    greggustin OSNN Addict

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    read the link thanks
    but to get same error on 2 diff HD
    in same day?
    I am doing 3rd install now
    and will make an image b4 I do ANY driver updates
    oops
    spoke too soon
    started system with XP pro disk
    at boot screen
    ie enter, r, f4
    and now NO KEYBOARD reponse
    arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrghhhhhhhhhhh

    ok
    removed power
    cleaner fans and cpu
    let it rest for 5 mins
    (nothing seemed hot)
    powered up
    saw kb lites
    smiles
    then CD loaded basic info
    promoted for setup/recovery
    KEYBOARD DEAD AGAIN
    (same usb kb as always)
    will try ps2 kb in the morning
     
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  4. canadian_divx

    canadian_divx Canadian_divx

    kinda sounds like a bad mobo. could be the IDE or SATA controler on the motherboard
     
  5. greggustin

    greggustin OSNN Addict

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    am thinking the same thing
    no sata,just ide
    can i swap the ide slots on the MB?
    ie is one uniue and required to control the boot HD?
    there are also 2 raid connectors
    never used
    can I use them for the 2 hd?
    even though performance might be off
    as one HD is 20gb and the other is 80
    this machine is for gaming for the kids
     
  6. greggustin

    greggustin OSNN Addict

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    progress
    used ps2 kb
    and fan to make sure no ovt
    re-loaded xp
    made boot floppy
    (heh - worthless??)
    rebooted pc - and BAM - bad boot sector again
    rebooted into recovery console
    wound up in DOS window
    ran fixmbr (got that guess from net research)
    and viola - I think - after several warnings
    wound up back half way through the setup procedures
    which had already been completed!
    after finishing setup
    now making an image
    and will keep fingers crossed
     
  7. canadian_divx

    canadian_divx Canadian_divx

    u can try the Raid controler. just set it up as a JBOD.

    also who makes the Hard Drives? i would also sugest that you go to the makers site and download there diag software.

    and well if the IDE controlers are dammaged then you are pretty much screwed. a new motherboard would be the best way to fix it.
     
  8. Mastershakes

    Mastershakes Moderator

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    This is a good one, I think canadian_divx is on the right track, I'm searching this one.
     
  9. greggustin

    greggustin OSNN Addict

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    did some more things
    actually got it to load xp\
    made a floppy start disk
    (worthless for xp)
    backed up image to external HD
    made boot CD
    feeling good, then BAM
    system hangs on bios load??
    you know the text screen that usually flys by in 3 secs
    check mem, displays correct amount
    on the bottom says "del for setup"
    and is locked up
    even over nite (ie full cool down)
    qed
    bad memory stick?
    only have 1 stick of 512
     
  10. kcnychief

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    Maybe bad RAM - if you go into the BIOS, does it show the full 512MB listed?

    I have seen instances where you can have as high as a 1GB module, and in the BIOS it only shows something like 4MB (or another value way off). That usually indicates it's bad. I'd say run a memory testing program, but sounds like you can't get that far.

    What is the amount of RAM showing in the BIOS?