Probs installing Win XP, please help,as i am clueless

Hi Guys, I could do with a bit of help here please.

I have just bought and installed an ABIT K7 mobo, as my gigabyte failed.
My existing OS (WinXP PRO SP1) doesnt boot with this board ( i assume it is because it is a different chipset) so I thought i would do a clean install.
Good idea, I here you say :slight_smile:
I set my bios to find cd on boot, and it does all the checks you would expect, up until it states setup is starting windows, then it just hangs there, and all hdd and cd activity stops.
I have tried a Liteon cdr/dvd combi, Liteon DVD+rw writer and a X52 CD rom to do the install and it does the same each time wit all these different drives.

I am frankly Stuck:mad: can you please help

Thanx si:confused: :confused:

So it’s booting to the Windows CD, then hanging? Isn’t that a RAID board, do you have the onboard RAID enabled in BIOS? If so, you must use F6 to install RAID drivers prior to installing XP. Or disable the SATA/RAID in BIOS.

yes it is a raid board, and thanxs for the reply.

I am sure that i disabled, the raid facility in the bios, as that was my first thought too.

When i get home i will double check.

Thanks again, and i will keep you informed

si

Usually with the newer mobos you will have to insert the cd that came with the mobo before you try to do a clean install. If that is not the case you may have to insert the driver disk when windows ask to install 3rd party drivers.

First thing I would do is remove all PCI cards from the system. Just leave the Video in. Remove any extra drives that are not needed to install Windows (ie, leave the C:\ drive and a CDROM drive) Then clear the CMOS, set all settings in CMOS that you like, then boot to the Windows CD again and try. If it works, then after Windows is installed, you can install all the rest of your cards/drives, 1 by 1.

Let us know how it goes.

thanx for the advice extremeskier97

i have already tried all that
I tried 3 Graphics cards, swopped the ram to different slots using 2 different Dimms. Unplugged all all pci devices, and all but essential ide devices and replaced them one by one.

I replace the mobo due to my system properly crashing.
The atx power connector had actually melted the plastic housing creating a short (it must have been arcing for a while:()

I’ll take the MOBO back so they can test it, then take it from there.
I just hope my other devices haven’t failed due to this

Thanks again Si

Usually with the newer mobos you will have to insert the cd that came with the mobo before you try to do a clean install. If that is not the case you may have to insert the driver disk when windows ask to install 3rd party drivers

I tried using the the driver cd that came with the board, but it is windows based. regarding the 3rd party divers; I thought you only use them iof you are using raid drivers???
am i wrong, because i tried using the on startup having the floppy as the first boot device, and it stated the invalid system disk message

Are all drives being properly recognized at POST? Is your Windoze CD clean and free of scratches? Are you certain that your PSU is adequate?

Originally posted by sihollies
[B]I replace the mobo due to my system properly crashing.
The atx power connector had actually melted the plastic housing creating a short (it must have been arcing for a while:()

I’ll take the MOBO back so they can test it, then take it from there.
I just hope my other devices haven’t failed due to this[/B]

Is the power supply that was melted to that atx connector the same one that you are still using? I would seriously consider a new PS if it is.

Keep us posted on your progress.

Just saying thanx for your input guys, after hours and hours of trying all different configs, i relented and took it back to the shop, who tested it and diagnosed it as being faulty :mad:

I hope i dont have to post again when i get the new one on Monday

:smiley:

thanxs again

I’m posting again:(

i have just put the new mobo in and tried to boot to windows.
It got to the log in screen and it hung, so i thought , fair enough i’ll reinstall XP.
On trying to do that, it ither stopped at exactly the same point as the last faulty mobo, or went one step further, where there the blue screen of death appeared, and it stated that the irq was equal or less( it may have read wasnt equal or less, i cant remember)
I unplugged all unnecessry hardware and the same thing happened.
I would say that the error message (irq…), came up about 1 time in 10.
Does anyone in the uk know where i stand in demanding a refund for the product, as the guy in the shop said they werent obliged to refund the money, and stated that he would charge to test it
cheers guys

si

Are you certian that you don’t have something enabled in BIOS that might be causing a conflict? Also, what about your PSU?

Originally posted by sihollies
I replace the mobo due to my system properly crashing.
The atx power connector had actually melted the plastic housing creating a short (it must have been arcing for a while:()

Again I will ask, Is the power supply that was melted to that atx connector the same one that you are still using? I would seriously consider a new PS if it is.

:slight_smile: Yeah
I bought a new PSU, as the other one one was unusable.
The only thing i can see in the BIOS that may cause a prob, is the RAID being enabled, so I obviously Disabled that.

I HATE COMPUTERS
:stuck_out_tongue:

Will tell you If?/WHEN I Progress guys:)

Have you tried updating the BIOS?

What is the model of the mainboard?

sorted guys:D

A combination of things:
The ram was faulty after the previous mobo crash, the cpu fan was faulty too, got yet another new mobo which had failed, ( I assume due to the heat problem? :rolleyes: )

However, here is the good news.

Each component has been replaced by the manufacturer or retailer, as it is all in the warranty period:)

thanx SO much for your input

Si