|"***Since i had the motherboard (years) this was the first time***"|
Did you get the "Cmos Checksum Error" or similar, then you replaced it?
" ***It was unplug and i was grounded.*** "
Good, if you're sure.
"....did you fiddle with anything other than the battery initially? E.g. unplug something because it was in the way?
***No i had a free gap to the battery and didn't touch anything else.*** "
" ***Apart from the time and disabling the SATA connection and setting the fsb these are all the defaults.*** "
"***It checks for Sata devices first, when i first replaced the battery i left this option on.*** "
Yes, often, mboards that have SATA controllers default to try booting a SATA drive first, sometimes even if it's only an optical drive, but in many more recent bioses it won't do that unless there's at least one SATA drive connected.
" ***I switched monitors, my graphics card is properly seated. When i ran seatools the was a graphical interface and it looked ok.*** "
If you had video in the first part of booting why would you switch monitors?
" ***I've tried rounded ide cables and the normal ones.*** "
Then that's probably not your problem, if you were careful.
""See response 2 in this - try cleaning the contacts on the ram modules, and making sure the modules are properly seated:
***On the tab screen it shows the right amount of memory and my processor.*** "
The ram amount CAN be incorrect when you're having a ram connection problem, but usually that's correct even if you DO have that problem.
" ***The new PSU was on sale, i kept the old one and have just plugged it back in still nope.*** "
I still would like to know the new PS's brand and model.
" "***Messing around using F8 it clearly stated Windows Xp Home Edition.
When booting in safe mode it reboots itself after mup.sys*** "
" Are you hearing the usual one beep most bioses make while booting when the POST has completed successfully ?
***Its Ami and it beeps one short beep*** "
That indicates there is nothing wrong as detected by the POST (Power On Self Test), and the mboard's boot process is probably NOT stalling.
" Does the intial boot process stall forever when you try booting from a hard drive?
***The boot process stops and it reboots itself back to the last known good configuraton screen and repeats this process.*** "
" ***My 2 hdds (master & slave on ide primary) My 2 dvd drives (master & slave on ide secondary) are detected in the first bios screen but it doesn't boot either of them.
I ran dos from floppy, using seatools it checked both hdds and says their fine plus thr space remaining on hdd master means my OS is still there.*** "
The hard drive you have Windows on MUST be booting, or you wouldn't be seeing any messages to do with Windows, whether it is working properly or not!.
It can only boot the other hard drive if it has had an operating system installed on it.
There is nothing wrong with your present boot order settings.
Your hard drive Windows is on IS BOOTING FINE - your problem is WINDOWS is not loading properly!
"When i ran seatools the was a graphical interface and it looked ok."
If both drives passed the Seatools LONG test there's probably nothing wrong with that hard drives or their data cable connections.
You MAY have some data damage on your Windows partition.
The error you're getting can be caused by EITHER
- a ram connection problem,
- OR you do actually have data damage, probably caused when you installed the probably incompatible new module.
If you haven't done this yet, then DO IT! :
See response 2 in this - try cleaning the contacts on the ram modules, and making sure the modules are properly seated:
If you had not done that, after you do that, try booting the computer normally - if there was a ram connection problem, Windows may boot fine.
If you have done that .....
"When booting in safe mode it reboots itself after mup.sys
That's a standard Windows file, and there is a backup copy of it on the Windows installation, BUT the last file name you see isn't necessarily the one that is causing the computer to reboot. When you boot into Safe mode, you see a whole bunch of lines that list what is loading but the screen stays the same for a while, then you get the Logon screen - Administrator and whoever.
mup.sys just happens to be at the bottom of the list, or near the bottom of the list.
Try pressing F8 repeatedly while booting, and choosing Disable automatic restart on system failure
If that gets you into Windows normally, then you will probably get an error message on a bluescreen the next time it would have normallt re-booted automatically. If you get such ascreen, tell me/us what it says. If it has a Stop: error we usually only need the first part of it before the brackets - 0X000000x. If a file is named - you may need to ckick on details to find that - tell us what it is.
If that gets you into Windows, that setting only works the one time. To set Windows so it does not autoreboot all the time -
Win XP is set by default to automatically reboot when it encounters an unrecoverable error.
To have XP possibly display an error message you can investigate instead of the computer rebooting:
1. Click Start, and then right-click My Computer.
2. Click Properties.
3. Click the Advanced tab, and then click Settings under Startup and Recovery.
4. Under System failure, click on the small box beside Automatically restart to remove the checkmark.
5. Click OK, and then click OK.
If you then get an error message, look at all of it's details.
Whether or not that works....
Do you have a regular full version XP CD of the same version - Home? Or if you don't can your borrow one?