BSOD on 2K SP4 upgrade . . .

By Who Am I Really ·
SP2 & SP3 for that matter:

BSOD is "Inaccessible Boot Device ..."

here's the problem:
(my apology upfront for the size of the post)

I got this board: (ASUS CUSL2)
that was installed in a full tower case
which wasn't finished,
I got it from a guy who started the build with all new parts
but he never managed to complete it,
I told him I'd take it off of his hands
because the older systems make good File & Print Servers

it had no HDD, none of the front panel connectors were attached, etc.
in fact when I finally completed the setup, and pressed the power button 5 days ago,
it was the first time it had ever been run

I had to replace the CMOS battery, and the CPU thermal paste,
as the battery was completely dead and the paste had almost dried out
I installed 2x 80GB HDDs and a 52x & 48x CD-ROMs

all went well until I installed win2K

win2K with no SP works fine

I tried SP1 and it seems to work

but SP2, SP3 & SP4 hose the system

as soon as SP2, 3 or 4 are applied the system drive gets hosed
windows loading gets to the screen before displaying the desktop
and then freezes with BSOD

"Inaccessible Boot Device ..."

and the standard message about checking for viruses etc.

but everything is new, except the 48x CD-ROM
- the HDDs are new
- the PC133 SDRAM is new and I also have several different types of used and tried a bunch of them, including other PC100 SDRAM modules
- the CPU is new (Intel P-III 667 MHz)
- the IDE Cables are new
- the PSU is new

and I've had to HDDErase and reinstall back to no SP win2K about 10 times now
I've even switched the drives around
and then this last install attempt, I removed the 2x 80GB HDDs and installed a new 40GB HDD on a single ended cable so there's no second HDD

I currently have the system running with this config but is this is not a satisfactory solution
if I'm going to turn this system out onto my network as a file & print server, then SP4 and the Rollup need to be applied

is there some bug with the storage controller on ASUS boards that corrupts the install or is incompatible with the updated driver versions supplied in win2K SP2 & up?

I've searched and searched for this info but can find nothing

I posted this almost verbatim on the ASUS MB forum here
but, since yesterday the post has already been dropped to page 8
and have received no replies

there is no virus / malware etc.
as the system has never seen the web, and has barely seen my network which is also clean,

the SP1, 2, 3, & 4 files are clean as I've used them before on other win2K systems with no problems

the win2KCD is an original 1999 Retail CD with all documentation and the EncPack floppy and the box,
not a bogus pirate burned disk

Full System Spec.
- ASUS CUSL2 Socket 370 MB
- Intel i815e chipset & integrated graphics
- P-III coppermine @667MHz
- 256MB Micron PC133 SDRAM (will install 512MB if I get it running with SP4)
- Primary / Secondary e-IDE ATA-100 controller
- 40GB Western Digital Caviar e-IDE, ATA-100 UDMA-5 (Mfg. 2005)
- 48x Creative CD-ROM
- Intel Pro/100B Ethernet PCI card

everything is new parts including the case & PSU
except the 48x CD-ROM
and the Intel Pro/100B which I know works as I jacked it from another system that I upgraded to a gigabit card

any helpful info will be appreciated

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Your problem seems to have parallels

by santeewelding In reply to BSOD on 2K SP4 upgrade . ...

With fitting accelerometers and airbags to a Stanley Steamer.

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by Dedlbug In reply to Your problem seems to hav ...

Doesn't Dyson have a vacuum with accelerometers and crash detection? ...not quite relative, but anyway.

Try installing all the latest drivers for the hardware prior to installing SP4. Or you could cut your loses now and stop installing an old OS.

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How so . . .

by Who Am I Really In reply to yes...

I tried both directions
a> install win2K and immediately install SP4
b> install win2K and then install both the chipset drivers on the drivers CD

there's no way in **** I'm waiting 25 minutes for this thing to boot up under XP

with RTM win2K no SP this thing is up in less than 45 seconds with only 256MB RAM

I can say the same for all my 2K systems even the older Celeron-II's with 512MB RAM

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If you were here

by santeewelding In reply to How so . . .

I would be relieving you with your peculiarities of your bailout monies in the righteous and not-so-righteous conduct of my business.

Good thing that, here, it's free.


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I never got any bailout monies

by Who Am I Really In reply to If you were here

I don't qualify

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Ho ho ho. . .

by Who Am I Really In reply to Your problem seems to hav ...

that's a tad bit funny but doesn't solve the problem,

however, to the analogy

I'm not trying to fit airbags on a Model-T
nor am I trying to run XP, Vista or 7 on an 8088

I have win2K SP4 with the Rollup running on similar and older systems than the ASUS
and I've had no such problem

I have and have had the following:

(Mfg. 199
IBM Thinkpad i1412
- Celeron-II 266MHz w/128MB RAM
- with a "Designed for Win98" sticker
- which is now dead (screen died and then the 20GB HDD fried)

2x Dell L--- series
(Mfg. 1999)
Dell Dimension L433c
- Celeron-II 433MHz w/512MB PC100 SDRAM
- Intel i815 chipset
- with a "Designed for Win98" sticker
- 120 GB C
- 80GB \
- this system still runs and works mainly as a file server with an e-SATA PCI card and 2x 500GB HDD's attached

(Mfg. 2000)
Dell Dimension L500cx
- Celeron-II 500MHz w/512MB PC100 SDRAM
- Intel i815e chipset
- with a "Designed for Win98" sticker
- this system still runs and works and also is used as a file server with an e-SATA PCI card and 2x 500GB HDD's attached

(Mfg. 2000)
Dell Dimension 4100
- P-III 997MHz, w/512MB PC100 SDRAM
- Intel i815e chipset
- with a "Designed for Win98 / Win2000" sticker
- this system is still in almost everyday use, as a file server with 2x 500GB HDDs & 2x 320GB HDDs on a 4-port PCI SATA controller,
as well as functioning as a CDDA creator on which I can get a good 4x burn
- 2x HDD's to be upgraded to 1TB

SuperMicro 370 S2DL3
- Dual Socket P-III @ 997MHz, w/1.5GB PC133 ECC SDRAM (4GB capable)
- ServerWorks ServerSet III chipset
- when I got it it had NT4 workstation
- quickly replaced with Win2K SP4 & rollup
- also setup as a file server and CDDA Creator
- has 4 various sized SCSI HDD's and 4x SATA 500GB HDDs on a SATA PCI controller
- 2x HDD's to be upgraded to 1TB

I've never had the BSOD Inaccessible Boot device on any of these systems, that happened while installing or updating to SP4

I had the L433, choke once while attempting to restore from backup
but only because I forgot to select the

[x] set partition active for boot

check box during the restore process

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All jokes aside...

by Dedlbug In reply to Ho ho ho. . .

All joking aside, it is most likely a driver issue. Just like Oh Smeg mentions, I have seen similar cases with SP2 for Server 2003, where upon reboot after the install of SP2, we might experience a BSOD or corrupt network card settings due to driver incompatibility. Apparently the way SP2 handled networking was different enough to cause issues with some hardware.

Unfortunately, I do not know what driver it is that is causing the issue. Start with Oh Smeg's suggestion and go from there. =]

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Well just the obvious

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to BSOD on 2K SP4 upgrade . ...

The Chip Set Drivers are not compatible with the latter SP's for W2K.

When you installed W2K did you also install the Chip Set Drivers and update the defaults that are installed by Windows? Personally here I would update the BIOS tot he newest available and download the newest Drivers and install them to this system. The are available here

Then I would also check the CD Drive which may be incompatible particularly if it's a Recorder you may have to update the Firmware on it.

Back when SP1 for XP came out I had one system with a new DVD Drive that gave me hell. It also had a CD Burner in it but that Samsung DVD Drive was incompatible with XP SP1 and when you installed SP1 all of the HDD Partitions on the primary Boot drive got erased. Back then M$ was caring on about CD Burners not being compatible so I had disconnected it before starting to load the SP. It would have been better if I had of left the CD Burner attached and disconnected the DVD Player which was the only incompatible device there.

Only took me about a week to work out what was going on and tell M$ about this difficulty which was then added to their Incompatible Hardware Lists. They naturally didn't have a clue why this was happening either.


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THX . . .

by Who Am I Really In reply to Well just the obvious


someone with some real info,

I have one of the newer BIOS files
but their instructions aren't very clear as to the exact procedure so as not to cause a toasted BIOS and basically toasted board

my Intel DG965RY is easy
they have an .exe file
-(listed as: "most common method")

I may have a try at a few different methods

a> update to SP4 but don't reboot, then install the chipset and ATA controllers from the Drivers CD

b> remove everything, from device manager and unplug all but the HDD

c> I have an offline tool which will strip the registry of device entries
so that the system will boot up as though it's the first reboot loading windows during install

or some combination etc.

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by santeewelding In reply to THX . . .

The rest of us are unreal; not worth spit.

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