Why does it keep REBOOTING ????

January 17, 2011 at 10:24:37
Specs: Windows XP, 1.60ghz pentium 3
I have a dell vostro 200 with a foxconn G33m02 motherboard and I think a pentium 3 processor that fits into a LGA775 socket . Now I have replaced the motherboard with a supermicro C2SBA+ which was also designated as G33 when I looked it up !!! The Foxconn G33m02 is no longer available , soooo I just went with this since I already spent the money !!! I got a new tower case and put everything together as neatly and carefully as I possibly could !!! I know for a fact that everything was installed properly but when I "TRY" to boot it up and start it running ,the computer gets to the Windows XP logo screen with the blue bar going across at the bottom , and then it just keeps rebooting itself !!!! Over and Over and Over again !!!! Now like I said, I have replaced the motherboard already and it is STILL doing the very same thing !!! I think it might be the processor but would sure like somebody to back me up on that before I spend another $150 - $200 on another processor only to find out that isn't it either !!! I could really use some help on this one !!! The wife is getting tired of me spending so much time and money on this ONE computer !!!

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#1
January 17, 2011 at 11:06:18
This may be a problem with you Operating System. We know it get video passes the POST with no errors. The Video driver its loading may not like your new integrated video. Or possibly the HD was damaged during the upgrade (happens to the best of us). Have you tried reformatting?

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#2
January 17, 2011 at 11:06:48
1st, your problem is NOT due to a bad processor.
2nd, the LGA775 board does NOT support the Pentium 3.
3rd, you realize that you have to reinstall Windows due to the motherboard change, right?

Why did you replace the board to begin with? Because it was rebooting? More than likely, there was nothing wrong with the board. The 1st thing you should have done was disable the "automatically restart" feature that's built into Windows. That way, instead of rebooting, the system would display an error message telling you what the problem is. You may have an overheating CPU, bad power supply, bad RAM or a software problem, but there's probably nothing wrong with the CPU or original motherboard.

Did you apply thermal paste between the CPU & heatsink? I can't tell which method should have been used without knowing exactly which CPU you have, but like I said, it is NOT a Pentium 3. It's probably a Pentium dual core & if it runs at 1.6GHz, it's most likely an E2140. If I'm correct about the CPU, you should have used the "horizontal line" method. If you used no paste at all, or spread it all over the CPU like frosting on a cake, that can cause rebooting as well. Here's the instructions:

http://www.arcticsilver.com/pdf/app...


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#3
January 17, 2011 at 18:26:18
I have tried booting up from the CD-ROM drive with the Windows XP program in it but everytime it gets to the point where it is supposed to start set up it throws up a STOP message saying that it has stopped in order to prevent further damage to the computer !!! That I may have a virus or damaged HDD !!! Now if the only thing I have hooked up to the motherboard is the CD-ROM drive .... How can my HDD be damaged or my computer have a virus ??? And exactly how am I supposed to format the windows OS if I can never get that far ???

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#4
January 17, 2011 at 18:30:18
well EXCUSE ME mickliq for possibly making a mistake !!!! I stated previously that I THOUGHT I might have a pentium 3 processor !!! I did not know for sure !!! But thank you for being so understanding and supportive !!! It's no wonder at all why more people don't use these forums for answers with SARCASTIC people like you giving them answers !!!! GEEZ !!!!!

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#5
January 17, 2011 at 18:42:30
I will be the first one to admit .. I am not computer savy nor am I a computer guru !!! However; I thought with a little help from some CONSIDERATE people , that I just might be able to solve this problem on my own !!! Didn't mean to PISS somebody off or ruffle any feathers !!! I just thought that by trying to do this myself that I just might learn something new and a little bit more about computers !!! Knowledge is NEVER a bad thing !! However; Ignorance and SARCASM are !!!! If you have knowledge that may help other people , why not offer it gracefully and sincerely rather than making them REGRET that they ever posted their problem in the first place ??? Don't come off as ARROGANT or SELF CENTERED but compassionate and concerned !!! After all .... wouldn't it be nice knowing you are sharing your information and teaching someone else so that maybe they could follow in your foot steps ???

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#6
January 18, 2011 at 14:33:23
Wanamingo , Thank you for your input . I really appreciate that you're trying to help ,but could you , if you have the time , send me a reply basically walking me through the process of re-formatting ??? Thanks in Advance

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#7
January 18, 2011 at 18:08:12
I really do not think you were being fair to someone who was trying to help you BUT needed to get some facts straight in order to give you the CORRECT advice. That said, in order to help you we will need a little bit more information:
If this is your new motherboard:
http://www.supermicro.com/products/...
then the earliest Pentium it supports is the E2000 series (like the E2140, etc), if you have one of the 600 series processors say, the board does not support it so you really need to be more specific on the processor you have. If your processor is of the early dual core pentium processors (basically Core 2 Duos with less cache), then you should be fine.
We also need to know what install media you have. Do you have a Windows XP install disk? Do you have a Windows XP recovery disk? (you might only have a recovery partition on your hard drive which will not be as good since it was for your old motherboard rather than a more generic version which will need you to load your drivers from the CD that came with your new board after reloading windows) You may need to borrow or purchase (Google it or go to Ebay) a WIndows XP install disk of the same variety as the one you have the license for in order to proceed.
For using the Windows XP install disk:
1- Make sure you have the sticker that shows your Windows XP activation key.
2- Back up all of your files to external drive or media (external hard drive, flash drive, DVDr disks, etc.) or you will loose them all.
3- Make sure your CD drive is set to first in boot order.
4- Put in the Install disk and start the computer.
5- The computer will boot to the install disk and ask you questions to proceed with the set up for the install. Choose Custom and Format, then read and answer all questions.

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


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