XP,SATA boot problems

April 26, 2010 at 04:47:45
Specs: Windows XP PRO, AMD ATHLON 64x2 DUAL
This PC is not connected to anything apart from the mouse, kb and spkrs. Used for graphics, music and flight sim only. (only its builder connectedit to the net)
Has been running sweet for three years, would boot up in 20s and shuts off in 10s, then one day I got the NTLDR is missing message. (eventually discovered the mother board battery dead) probably original cause of first of many problems.

Home Brewed PC, (bought of a techie) I am not one….yet.
Gigabyte 8Σ mother bd
SATA Drives (RAID5) 2 of them
XP pro version 2002 with SP3
AMD Athlon 64x2 Dual
Core processor 3800+ 2.01GHz
HDD C: 1x 160 GB silmage SCSI Disk Device. (NTFS System)
E: 1x 250 GB silmage SCSI Disk Device.

ATA controller Properties Type Sil 3114 ver2
Transfer mode ultra DMA mode6

 Until a day ago, the PC would not start at all : the SATA windows XP problem
 NTLDR has gone awol
 Cant reload windows
 HDD has been fully scanned, checked OK
 Tried many answers from similar probs but not worked yet
 Device Manager shows Floppy disk device is working properly? (there's NO floppy drive in it)?????
 Device Manager shows both HDD are being monitored.
 System Restore window opens but theres nothing in it.
 Getting the STOP 0x0000007B error if I try Recovery Console (1st time XP has ever had a BSOD) semi impressed.

Have since got it to boot up into windows but only by selecting the first following option >>>

On POWER ON, I get…
<<<<Please select the operating system to start>>>

Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Microsoft Windows Recovery
Microsoft Recovery Console (is high-lighted)
etc etc etc

then if I don’t respond it will boot up in the Microsoft Recovery Console mode each time and go to the BSOD with the 0x0000007B error
but by scrolling up quick to Microsoft Windows XP Professional, it will load ok.

time out=10
multi0, disk0,rdisk0,partition1,WINDOWS=”MicrosoftWindowsXP Pro”
C:\CMDCONS\BOOTSECT.DAT=”Microsoft Windows Recovery Console”/cmdcons
C:\$WIN_NT$.~BT\BOOTSECT.DAT=”Microsoft Windows XP Professional Setup”

First choice I would like to patch the prob (reload windows) and sort out once starting up is behaving.
(tried to slipstream but failed as a novice at this level) there is tomorrow

Second choice, would like to disconnect the drive with the OS on it and format the spare drive and make this the new C drive (if I only new how) then transferring files from the old C dr (if that is possible).

Third choice, go and buy a new mother board that will handle SATA drives and XP

Forth choice, just use it as a feature light. Ive seen worse pimped cars (Perspex case more LEDs than a xmas tree, 6 fluro tubes with a nite glo keyboard)
"what was he thinking"?

For now, at least I can boot it up with some patients

Thinks that will do for the first posting…. xing fingers


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April 26, 2010 at 10:27:47
Others will probably give you ,more details shortly, but here is what I see:
You apparently have a floppy drive so you do not have to slipstream your SATA/RAID drivers, you can load them on a floppy disk and wait for the right moment to insert (and I think you need to press F6, but you are prompted).
To reinstall XP on a free drive (empty or nothing important on it), set optical drive to first in boot order, insert install CD and shut down. remove primary disk w/XP on it and move target drive to same port (it should work in either location but this will keep it straight in your mind anyway) and start the computer. It should boot to the XP install disk and give you options, choose custom and format to format the drive clean. I'm not sure, but you may need to insert the driver disk before formatting, but if not, then it will be coming up soon, definitely before copying any files. (I never needed to install SATA while using XP, and Windows 7 supports SATA now natively)
After you install XP, all of your drivers, and update windows, and all of your programs, reinstall the original drive to copy over any files you need.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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April 26, 2010 at 22:47:41
Thanks for the tips, will try the latter But I cant do the first as I don't have a Floppy Drive (the computer just thinks it has) is there any chance it is a virtual floppy or is it just reminiscing?
Windows 7 isn't worth it as its footprint is 1200% more for internet/multi-media improvements I don't want or need. Who wants a fat woman in their Lamborghini, Jodi Kidd, on the other hand lol, If anything, I will put $$ towards a newer mother brd.

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