ASRock P4VM8 Problem

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July 23, 2010 at 09:52:23
Specs: Windows 7, Pentim D 3 Ghz - 2 Cores
Here are the specs of my PC:
Motherboard: ASRock P4VM8
Processor: Pentium 4 2.8 Ghz
1 x 1GB DDR400 RAM

Well the problem is that when I try to install Windows 7 I pass the initial steps of the setup (Language, Keyboard, etc), but when I get to the point where I format the HDD, immediately after I click format I get a BSOD (the system encountered an uncorrectable hardware error)
I haven't added new hardware.
I already checked the RAM using Memtest86.
I already tried a different HDD (one is SATA the other IDE)
I also tried to change the sata cable, the ide cable is new
I also tried other RAM I had in spare
I thought that maybe was a overheat problem, so I cleaned the PC, and in the BIOS the temperature is around 55 C.
I should also make the note that I tried the Load Default settings of the MOBO and the same, and I'm not overclocking anything.
I also have an utility disk that has utilities to check the Processor and the Motherboard, and apparently is passes every test of that application.

I thought that maybe it was the Windows 7 installation, so I tried to install Windows XP, and I pass the initial setup steps, even it formats the HDD, and copy the setup files, then it asks to restart the PC, when is starting again I see the Windows XP bar moving side to side, and then all of the sudden it restarts.

Does anyone have had a similar problem and a solution to this?
What else can I try that might solve the problem?

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July 24, 2010 at 18:50:43
Is it Blue Screening, or just restarting? Hard to say - could be a power supply issue, check that your CPU and heat sink are snug, check if all FANS are working, could be driver/hardware conflict, pull all peripherals from the MOBO & blow out w/ compressed air & reseat everything.

Check to see that the pins in the Molex connectors are snug; I’ve seen loose connections inside of those once in a while. Check that all the SATA cables/connectors are in good shape and not cracked.

I'd open the machine and look at the motherboard 1st and look for bad capacitors:

Then, I'd test the HDD’s with the various HDD manufactures diagnostics tools. Run FULL HDD diags test with the HDD manufactures diagnostics tool via a bootable floppy or CD: Western Digital - DataLifeGuard, Maxtor/Seagate - SeaTools (Seagate bought Maxtor), Fujistsu - FJDT, Hitachi – HDFT (Hitachi Drive Fitness tester), Samsung HUTIL, Toshiba (doesn’t have a HDD utility - SeaTools or HDFT may work though).

Unhook, pull out ALL peripherals from the motherboard except main HDD, RAM & Video, then attach monitor, keyboard and mouse, then test to see if it boots, if it doesn’t…

Try booting into Safe Mode. If Safe Mode Mode works there could be a driver/hardware conflict. Check Event Viewer for error messages.

If it’s Blue Screening, check to see if there are Mini Dumps. Those dmp files can be analyzed with WINDBG (Windows Debugger).

Check to make sure your BIOS settings are correct: RAM, CPU settings etc.

Make sure your system is Windows 7 compliant:

Just another stupid saying...

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