Booting Problem, Possible Solution?
The other day I turned on my computer after sticking in a bunch of new components I bought as an upgrade (Diamond HD 4850 512, Quad Silencer 750, 4GB Mushkin Ascent DDR2-800), double-checked everything, turned it on and it worked the first time. I used my computer for a bit and it performed very well.
The next day I go to turn it on and it takes forever to POST, and then when it finally does I get error messages like "SYSTEM BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER," "Error loading operating system, press ESC to reboot," etc. I thought that something may be faulty with the HD so unplugged it, took an old 80GB SATA drive, plugged it in, and it worked
Two days later I go to use my computer and neither drives work. I swapped SATA ports, swapped components (took out 4850, took out RAM, used old PSU) and it would occasionally boot, but never twice in a row.
So now I'm thinking there's a problem with the SATA ports on my MB, and for what reason I don't know why. I don't want to drop another $100+ on an LGA775 board that will be obsolete within two years, and I don't want to "bite the bullet" and get a Nehalem machine.
The solution I'm considering is to get a good $30 or $40 SATA controller card, and then hook up my HD to see it it works. I don't have many other options, and I need some input on my solution? If it is a good one, does anyone have any SATA cards to reccommend? Would a SATA controller card solve my problems??? :sad:
Well your board is older and is a 680i chipset board which guess what.. were plagued with SATA issues :)
775 is not going to be obsolete in a couple years.. heck people are still buying stuff for 478 boards
Just to clarify, did you remove everything that was new (reverting to your previously working system) and try again?
The only thing I can think is perhaps the PSU is over tasked now and causing some issues?
I agree with enaberif, S775 isn't going anywhere soon, hell you should see the prices of what most S939 things still go for, USED! Try updating the BIOS and let us know what you else you tried. If you decide to go with a new S775 board, just list a few of your needs(do you want ability to CF or not, budget, etc) and we'll recommend some good boards that suit your needs.
So I updated my BIOS using E.Z. Flash to v.1301, and then tried to load up Windows. It got to the splash screen, and just stays there loading, forever, occasionally freezing. I tried to install Windows XP PRO SP2 and it didn't work. Then I tried just Windows XP PRO (No service packs!) and it worked, but it still either loads only every other boot, and when it does load it loads FOREVER, occasionally freezing.
I think, since my eyes are open to S775 boards staying around awhile, I ought just get a new board. My P5N-E SLI is aging, anyway. Anyone have a good suggestion for a board? I'd like S775 of course, with 8GB of RAM, and Crossfire DEFINITELY. It can be up to $230, but I'd like if I can get it for around $150 - $170, a good budget board. OCing isn't a major issue, if it overclocks just O.K, then thats fine by me.
I'll be searching high and low the next few days, but if anyone has any good suggestions they are always welcome :)
Should I re-post this in Motherboards section?
EDIT: BTW I tested the board out again with the new BIOS by swapping out different combinations for parts, like taking out 4850 putting in 8600GT, taking out 4GB ram, putting in 2GB, etc. I even did combinations of parts! Unfortunately, no dice :sad:
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Ah, thank-you guys! I'm kinda if-y about buying used, (since I've had problems with it before) but I'd like to express my gratitude for all your input!
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