|Same problems here!!|
also see http://forums.pcper.com/showthread.php?p=3300260#post3300260
Enermax Whisper 431W PS
Athlon 1700XP running at 1467MHz (133x11)
2x512mb pc 2700 kingston
Geforce4 ti 4200 128mb -> PNY FX 5700 128mb
20Gb Western Digital 7200rpm ATA / 100Gb Seagate 7200rpm UATA
brand new 160Gb Seagate 7200rpm UATA
D-link PCI wireless 802.11g
generic CD-RW / generic DVD-R
I was running Windows XP SP2 without a problem and was playing World of Warcraft when my computer froze. Did not repsond to keyboard or soft reset. I left the computer running for a few hours (thought it was game related) and then turned off the power supply. On reboot the computer would not load windows. After POST the computer would freeze before the Windows logo would show.
On rebooting again a SAFE MODE prompt appeared and I selected SAFE MODE. A list of drivers would begin installing and after mup.sys(?) it would show 2-3 more .dlls and then freeze. One of these files was xmasbus.sys. Ok, after a few more reboots I plopped in my copy of WinXP:
Setup running Windows
Press F2 for Automated System Recovery
Press F6 for third party RAID/SCSI drivers
Then a list of drivers being installed shows up.
Then it will say Setup is running Windows and freeze.
So I shut down the computer again and let it "cool down"
This time the CD booted up to the Install Menu
Tried repair and let me basically use a command prompt to "edit" files I guess
Whenever the CD doesnt boot I let it "cool" down and then it seems to work
In REPAIR mode deleted xmasbus.sys and xmasscsi.sys after reading about ?similar problems with other people on the net and Alcohol software (http://forum.alcohol-soft.com/index...ic=10651&st=20&)
-no change, will just stall on earlier driver.
-update: also with brand new HDD didnt think Alcohol could be the problem
Loading new install on Slave Drive
- doesnt even let the OS run from non-boot partition
New Install on Master in new directory (\winxip vs \windows)\
-Freezes on loading
-On a "cold" boot will start installation and freeze part way through (35 min left)
Dusted computer (compressed gas)
Noticed fan on video card not spinning
-Bought new FX 5700 card and no change in results
Took out battery on mobo for 10 min / reset cmos to defaults
-no change (ie works on "cold" boot partway and then freezes or freezes on warm boot)
Tried Memtest v 1.40 with 1 and both memory sticks.
-Will run for hours nonstop
Bought new HDD (Seagate 160Gb 7200rpm UATA) and tried installation from beginning
-used CD HDD diagnostics that came with HDD and everything runs fine booting from CD except something about "UATA100 UDMA configuaration utility to set default maximum Ultra ATA support" setup.. can format drive, diagnostics checks mobo supposedly.
Flashed BIOS from 1010 to 1014
-no change, temp settings consistently mobo 30^C, CPU 16^C. Not sure if somethings wrong there.
Got a new WindowsXP SP2 CD and now it won't even load on a "cold" boot
Will get through ASR, 3rd party SCSI drivers, and start loading all the other drivers until it says Setup is running Windows at which point it will freeze.
Can this be a motherboard issue?
both memtest and Seagate Drive Diagnostics work fine (floppy and CD respectively)
Maybe RAID or SATA related?
I dont use either but is there a way to "turn them off" for sure?
Is there anything else anyone can recommend trying?
I'm pretty much ready to give up and buy a Dell, never to play with building a computer again.