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New install.....frequent rebooting

by leesc / January 24, 2006 12:50 PM PST

Hello everyone. I just upgraded my system with the following:

Intel Celeron D 340 2.93 Ghz/256 cache/533FSB
Asus P4P800-E Deluxe
(2) Corsair 512mb 400mhz DDR -dual channel
XFX Geoforce 6600 256mbDDR

My old system worked well (an old 1.1 AMD thunderbird on an Asus MB)but I wanted to go ahead and upgrade my stuff and retire my old stuff to my brother in law.

Everything went in without a hitch and I tried to reload Windows XP Pro. I started to get very frequent black screens/reboots, hard drive errors and errors loading win xp pro. I tested the hard drive on my old system and it still works fine. I am running a 350 watt PSU and I am thinking that may be the culprit. System boots up fine without POST errors.

My new system (if I can get it running) will consist of:

Intel Celeron D 340 2.93 Ghz/256 cache/533FSB
Asus P4P800-E Deluxe
(2) Corsair 512mb 400mhz DDR -dual channel
XFX Geoforce 6600 256mbDDR
80 gig Seagate IDE HD
100gig Seagate USB HD
Yamaha CD/CDRW
Onboard USB x4, Firewire x1
Poss onboard sound vs. Soundblaster Live (I havent decided yet)

Any comments on if my current probs are PSU related and a ballpark wattage on a new PSU?

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Little More Info
by CG-TG / January 24, 2006 2:19 PM PST

Did the system ever boot correctly after the clean install of Windows XP Pro. When you did the installation, did you do the full format (never use the quick one). Another place to check is with the RAM. Make sure they are in the correct slots for the pairing. Is the power supply from the old system? It can't hurt to upgrade this, but it dies not sound overloaded. Give us some more details.

And for god sake - motherboard audio? At least put your live in if not move up to an Audigy 2 zs. You will thank yourself later.

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Little more info
by leesc / January 24, 2006 8:19 PM PST
In reply to: Little More Info

After I installed the new components I did a (slow) NTFS format and a fresh install of XP Pro. I got the OS loaded and running (was halfway through updates when problems started occuring).Yes, this is a 2 year old PSU that was in my old computer. RAM is in correct slot per MB diagram/instructions. BIOS are newest version with no documented probs with XP. I have evn tried a complete format withHD manufacturer software.

Main issue right now is that XP will not even load. When I try to format my HD now it says my HD is damaged.If I am lucky enough to get through format, I get alot of ''file cannot be copied'' errors during inital copying of files. However, if I pop this HD into another machine is formats/loads XP without a prob.

I have never been a big sound guy. You will rarely ever find the volume switched on any of my computers.I guess it is because I play some online games and the repetive sounds get a little aggravating.

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Make it smaller.
by Bob__B / January 24, 2006 9:02 PM PST

One stick of ram.

One HD.

One cd reader unit.

Your old vid card if it will fit.

Any diff?

As for the psu.
Most folks are going for the 450+watt units.
Some folks just pop in a big fat one and that puts all the power issues to bed.

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by leesc / January 25, 2006 9:00 AM PST
In reply to: Make it smaller.

OK, went a got a 480w PSU.No dice. I have cut my system down to bare (new videocard as my old one will not work). I cannot get Win XP Pro to format the partition in the inital install. I keep getting a "this disk may be damaged" and "make sure your drive is connected" screen. I have tried two working HD (WD and Seagate). I have swapped out IDE cables and power cables.

I called ASUS tech support and got a guy on the phone that pretty much gave me kudos for doing what I have done so far. He switched me to a higher level tech who wasnt there, so I left a message and am awaiting a return call.

This is aggravating. I can pop either of these drives on my old Asus P5A board and the format/load windows without a prob.

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..holding my breath.........
by leesc / January 25, 2006 11:10 AM PST

Well, I used the disk manufacturer disk and did the "write 0 to all of disk" and windows finally formatted and has begun to load XP.
Will update!

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I think you will be ok now
by CG-TG / January 25, 2006 9:04 PM PST

i think you will be ok now on the drive. Make sure you update your system board drivers too.

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