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windows not start on new motherboad

By tvu4251 ·
I upgraded my old desktop PC with a new motherboard, CPU and memory. Plugged in the old IDE HD and CD_ROM. Computer did not start. I tried booting from the Windows XP Pro CD. Windows setup ran through the initial checking computer configuration, loading drivers, then hung at "Setup is starting Windows". I replaced the HD, the CD-ROM, even the power supply, nothing worked. Windows setup always hung at "Setup is starting Windows" (and various places before that).
Any help to get my PC up and running will be very appreciated, including reformat HD and reinstall XP. thanks.

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New BIOS possible...

by f.ware In reply to windows not start on new ...

By chance, have you tried installing the new BIOS for the mb? (if any) if not, download the new/updated BIOS to a floppy, reinstall XP, when you see "Press F6 for third party drivers..." press F6 and follow instructions.

Let me know your results Good Luck.

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The slow down could be caused by not enough memory.

Try and up your memory to either 2gb (2 x 1gb modules) or 3gb (2 x 1gb and 2 x 512 modules).
Make sure the memory is listed as the same speed and make.

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

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Sorry I don't buy that

by tintoman In reply to The slow down could be ca ...

According to Microsoft the minimum required RAM to run windows XP is 32Mb - surely this machine has more than that!!!

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If you read his/her original post...

It states that it hangs. I had this problem myself until i put in more memory. Everybody's system is different, but the person is looking to resolving the problem, not adding to it.

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You're hardly gonna upgrade to less memory. <NT>

by OldER Mycroft In reply to If you read his/her origi ...
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More information please...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to windows not start on new ...

"I tried booting from the Windows XP Pro CD. Windows setup ran through the initial checking computer configuration, loading drivers, then hung at "Setup is starting Windows"."

Did it run through deleting and repartitioning the existing drive configuration, and if so did you reformat the partition/s you created in the process?

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Yes I agree

by tintoman In reply to windows not start on new ...

It does sound like your hard drive is not being detected by setup
Start the machine and go to the cmos settings, there you will see if your hard drive is being detected, if not go to the integrated peripheral settings and make sure the on board IDE is set according to the type of drive you have (i.e SATA or PATA) and then boot again from the installation CD.
Hopefully you will get the option to repair the windows installation and you wont lose any of your files

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more info

by tvu4251 In reply to Yes I agree

thanks everyone for your ideas. Let me provide some info about my PC and what I have done so far:
Config: new motherboard: ECS G31T-M (775 chipset) with Intel E8300 Core2 Duo and 2 GB of DDR2 memory, existing HDDs (one SATA and one IDE).
Actions:
- Turn on PC with above config,
- hit F11 to check CMOS setup, everything looks OK, the HDDs and CD_ROM are shown in their proper places, SATA at 1st primary master, IDE at 3rd master, CD at 3rd slave.
- Boot the PC from CD using a CD of full Windows XP Pro with SP2.
- Windows Setup ran throught its initial steps of a)check PC hardware configuration, b)loading all drivers, then hung at the very next step c)Setup is starting Windows". Did not get to "Hit R for repair" nor "Enter to install Windows"!!!!!

Attemps to use one single HDD at a time no matter it was SATA or IDE, or reformat the HDD (is now empty with NTFS) still did not get throught step c).
At present, my PC still hung at step c) of the Windows Setup.

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Do you need SATA drivers?

by nepenthe0 In reply to windows not start on new ...

This issue frequently appears on the Forum, because none of the Windows XP SP1 installation CDs had SATA drivers, and apparently early Windows XP SP2 installation CDs also lacked SATA drivers. Here are some resources you may wish to check out:

http://tinyurl.com/3wz2lx
http://tinyurl.com/3msyyl
http://tinyurl.com/47l6rb
http://tinyurl.com/5nlkwf
http://tinyurl.com/667toc

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If the OP needed SATA drivers...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Do you need SATA drivers?

s/he wouldn't get to the point in installation at which the 'Setup is starting Windows' message appears.

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