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Self built PC w/ Raid 0 crashing? No boot

by Mark4991 / January 30, 2007 2:50 AM PST

HELP!!! I've got a problem booting up.

Stats: Win XP Home, Asus 333 motherboard running 2 Maxtor 5200 60g drives in a Raid 0 Stripe setup. Something crashed while my daughter was playing Sims and wouldn't reboot up. When I shut down, the PC booted up to Safe Mode but wouldn't start in Normal or Safe or any other mode. The POST acts normal and says "Now booting from Operating System, the Promise Raid controller shows "Raid 2+0 120g Functional"...everything seems to be starting normally, then it hangs and shows "General Protection Fault" and a bunch of coding, then nothing?

I tried using the XP installation disk's Recovery Console but it first said a hard drive disk was bad and quite, then it said no hard drives were found. I checked the Raid controller, deleted the Raid 0 array and rebuilt it, all normal, but the problem persists. Short of replacing the drives and losing data (none critical) any help would be appreciated.

I built this PC myself 5 years ago and its' still a screamer, but I'm totally stumped. THANKS

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Wild guess. Aging components.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 30, 2007 3:51 AM PST

5 years puts this machine where we saw BAD CAPS (put that into and power supplies that are old enough for the electrolytic capacitors to age and not supply the oomph required today. Tell me about the system in general and the power supply age and size. Also check that BADS CAPS link.


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CMOS battery bad? your BIOS may need to be reset
by acoxon1274 / January 30, 2007 7:46 AM PST

I know this is out there in terms of what error messages you are getting. If your Asus motherboard did what mine did when the CMOS battery went which was to load BIOS ?Defaults?, which made it unable to load Windows( or maybe I just could not wait that long at over an hour). Replace CMOS battery or at least check its voltage level, mine was less than half a volt, it's 3volts when new. If you can get into the BIOS then load ?Setup Defaults? you should see the system come back. In my case, I did get an error message that said the CMOS battery was bad. You did not see that or some kind of clock or time reset request? I was just thinking that maybe because you are using a RAID setup with a card with its own BIOS maybe the system's BIOS being in Default mode may not let the card and its drives be recognized. Bob's advice is more likely to be dead on and mine is a wild guess but you should check the battery just to be sure. I usually get five years out of a CMOS battery. If it is the battery you may need to reset some setting in the BIOS to get your raid card recognized. Good luck.

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