Replaced motherboard, now HDD continually reboots

By gillespie.amanda.spamfilter ·
I've upgraded my desktop - essentially put my old hard drive into a brand new machine (new MOBO, etc). I followed the instructions from Microsoft on upgrading/repairing an XP installation with a new motherboard.

The XP repair gets to a certain point, then the hard drive reboots. I can't get into Safe Mode. I can't get beyond this section. When I boot from CD again, I get an error saying that Windows was in the middle of a repair, do I want to continue - and it gets to the same point and then reboots. Lather rinse repeat.

I have tried a different hard drive in this new machine (same HDD brand and model, different capacity), and this works perfectly, so I know the MOBO installation is working fine. The only variable is the hard drive.

Any suggestions?

For interest:
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-MA69G-S3H (onboard graphics, sound, LAN, etc)
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2, 5000+
RAM: 4GB DDR2 800 MHz

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Don't you just hate driver issues.

by bart777 In reply to Replaced motherboard, now ...

The install is dying at some piece of hardware when it's trying to load\re-load the drivers.
Strip all extra hardware out of the box. Just run with the MOBO and a video card. Nothing else. Also make sure the system has the same amount of RAM in it that it had before.
Then restart the repair process. Rebooting on hardware mismatches in not uncommon with 2k or XP. normally it will finish after it has gotten past every piece of hardware. By stripping the PC down you are helping the precess and once the machine is up and running you can re-add the pieces that you took out.

Best of luck.

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All-in-one MOBO

hmmm, stripping out the extra hardware is going to be a little tricky - its an all-in-one MOBO - the only things I can remove are the RAM and DVD-drive

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by bart777 In reply to All-in-one MOBO

Try disabling some of the other pieces thru the BIOS.

At least the sound and network for the moment.

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You may need to upgrade the BIOS

by nepenthe0 In reply to Replaced motherboard, now ...

See the Microsoft knowledge base article:

Meanwhile, you can prevent automatic reboot upon failed installation by deselecting this option in the currently installed BIOS.

Peconet Tietokoneet answered a similar question last week in this Forum - I'll try to find his post and attach a link.

Rick/Portland, OR

P.S. - Peconet Tietokoneet is already aboard, so PT can speak for himself...

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continual rebooting xp

by nitram9857 In reply to You may need to upgrade t ...

I agree not a good idea to use old hard drive and yes if you can back it up on another it is safest, you can try the repair option on the install this may/usually retain your files and allow you to check drivers etc in safe mode at startup. Chkdsk would be a good idea to check MBR and disk integrety

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Not a very good idea putting in the old hdd with your data on it.

Get another hdd and put Windows on this, then you will have access to your old hdd and then you can transfer your files and folders over. Though you will have to re-install some programs to get these working. Your best start will be to just have 2gb ram, when your computer is ok you can update your ram, but remember XP and Vista do not recognise 4gb of ram so the best way is to just have 2gb. Update your Bios and make sure you do not have your motherboard overclocked.

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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Since you have tried another hdd and your computer works..

Then it would be that your hdd is Either going or has a bad MBR (master boot record) on it. So wipe it with a good disk wiper and bin it, or you could frame it and put it on your wall. :)
With out the Either you have Neither.. :)
(Just a on-line joke)

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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