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Working on a friends rig, specs in sig.

It seems it'll only boot up with failsafe settings. If I make ANY changes, even just time and date, it comes back up with just a black screen. It'll give me a POST beep, nothing else. Clear the CMOS (using proper procedures) and I get the same thing. Sometimes get some video corruption at the splash screen, that goes away once I'm in the BIOS. When he first brought it over I went into the RAID setup (it would do that then, not anymore) and tried to set up his array. I was unfamiliar with that controlers menu and thought I was backing up in the menu and hit the escape key, exited before I was done... Very stupid thing on my part. It's been downhill since then. I don't know if that would have FUBAR'd the BIOS. I've flashed it with the latest BIOS from DFI's website. Still doing the same thing.

Any ideas?

I tried to post this a few minutes ago but I wasn't logged in, don't think it got saved after I did log in. So if this is my second post on this just ignore one or the other. Or point, laugh, and call me a newby....

Gotta jump in the shower, get read for work.

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could be PSU related - how new is the power supply?

 

or could be memory - can you run memtest, if not from BIOS from floppy?

 

have you tried an 8hr CMOS clear w/ no battery

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could be PSU related - how new is the power supply?

 

or could be memory - can you run memtest, if not from BIOS from floppy?

 

have you tried an 8hr CMOS clear w/ no battery

 

PSU... less than a year I believe, don't remember when he first built it.

Memtest... Haven't done that. I was holding memory in reserve since Corsair is usually a good stick. Didn't know there was a tester in the BIOS. I'll have to run it from a floppy though.

8hr clear? Never heard of such a thing. I'll try it tonight if I don't make any progress elsewhere.

Might try putting a different video card in too.

 

Thanks for the hints dude...

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I had a similiar problem with an Ultra-D setup and had to unplug the sata drives which allowed settings to be changed. Plug them back in and couldn't make setup changes. Try unplugging the sata cables. Also I switched bios. and problem went away. You may also need to check your SATA Config in bios and go ahead and set up the array...... depending on the setup you intend to use

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PSU... less than a year I believe, don't remember when he first built it.

Memtest... Haven't done that. I was holding memory in reserve since Corsair is usually a good stick. Didn't know there was a tester in the BIOS. I'll have to run it from a floppy though.

8hr clear? Never heard of such a thing. I'll try it tonight if I don't make any progress elsewhere.

Might try putting a different video card in too.

 

Thanks for the hints dude...

disable usb mouse in bios and then you can run memtest from bios

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PSU... less than a year I believe, don't remember when he first built it.

Memtest... Haven't done that. I was holding memory in reserve since Corsair is usually a good stick. Didn't know there was a tester in the BIOS. I'll have to run it from a floppy though.

8hr clear? Never heard of such a thing. I'll try it tonight if I don't make any progress elsewhere.

Might try putting a different video card in too.

 

Thanks for the hints dude...

 

The 8hr clear does work well indeed...in most cases. I had a bad bios flash on my board and tried an 8hr clear and it didnt work. Then I tried a 2 day clear, and it still didnt work. So, I did a 2 month clear, and that worked fine, haha.

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The 8hr clear does work well indeed...in most cases. I had a bad bios flash on my board and tried an 8hr clear and it didnt work. Then I tried a 2 day clear, and it still didnt work. So, I did a 2 month clear, and that worked fine, haha.

 

LOL I did a 16 hour clear. Also swapped out his fancy schmancy video card for an old Radeon I had laying around. No problems then. Made little changes at first to make sure it'd boot back up. Enabled the RAID controller and set up his 2 100GB in a striped array on SATA 1 & 2. Formatted it and started to set up XP. After it copied all the files and rebooted, took the RAID drivers from the floppy and then continued a little bit before giving me a BSOD.

He was over here at that time and decided to skip the RAID array, said to just set them up as singles. So I deleted the array, disabled the RAID function and repartitioned and formatted the drives. Started installing XP again and got the same BSOD at the same point.

I swapped the drives to SATA 3 & 4 this morning, same thing.

I ran Intel's memory tester from a floppy for a few hours the other night, no problems.

The address in the Stop error was a 7b, anybody know offhand where that goes?

I'd pull other cards out if there were any, these integrated boards drive me crazy sometimes.

Hmmm.... idea!

I'll get back to you if it works...

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http://www.aumha.org/win5/kbestop.php

7B is an inacessible boot device error. hmmmm... I used fdisk and deleted the partitions on both drives after deleting the array, reformatted.

I just unplugged the second drive and plugged the first one back into SATA1, partitioning and formatting again.

He's going to owe me another bottle of tequila.

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I'd go a step futher and wipe the drives completely. I had a similar problem and it worked for me

You mean write 0's?

 

I downloaded tmod's cd and flashed the 504 BIOS, deleted the partitions on both drives, created new ones, set it up in a striping array and formatted it. Started installing XP again. Got to the same point, after loading the RAID drivers and it says it's starting Windows, then the same BSOD.

 

The two drivers on the floppy, one for RAID and one for mass storage, I assume if I'm running a RAID array I use that driver and if no array the other driver. Correct? I've tried every combination. No array and load one or the other or both, With an array loading one or the other or both. But I'd like to know the proper way, just to be sure.

And I've tried the original versions of the drivers that came with the board when he bought it and I've downloaded the latest one's off of DFI's website.

 

Just for fun I tried swapping in his fancy schmancy video card and started getting the boot up to nada problem again.

 

About to quit for the day... my only day off and I leave wednesday morning for a bike rally in Oklahoma. Need to be packing my camping gear and going alcohol shopping.

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