QUOTE(Kurtismonger @ Aug 8 2005, 07:53 AM)I have a tricky problem here....
I did have Linux dual booted on this system and was able to see all my windows files. I have even tried reinstalling XP, but the install keeps freezing at a black screen...
I am no expert in anything but since I have a similar bug let me present few ideas.
- Checked all cables and connections
- Tried all new IDE cables
hope they are 40 pins 80 wires /smile.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='smile.gif' />
- Tried booting from MS XP boot floppies (get a disk I/O error)
was the error coming from the disket or main drive (c
did you get a c: prompt /blush.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='blush.gif' />
- - Disconnected everything except CDROM, 1 stick of ram, 1 hd and video card /dry.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='dry.gif' />
good approach, try also with just a floppy reader with a bootable disket instead of CD. /rolleyes.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='rolleyes.gif' />
- Flashed the BIOS of the Gigabyte MB
if you flash the BIOS it means that the floppy reader is working on less you mean "reset" the BIOS from the MB. /huh.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='huh.gif' />
- Replaced the Gigabyte MB with a new ABIT AN7 MB
my God and it still failed or did you get into some snags presenting the same symtom. /ohmy.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='ohmy.gif' />
The only thing left that I can think of is the CPU. However, as I said I was able to run Linux without a hiccup
The boot selection is it done from the Linux drive or XP. if from XP I would look at the boot.ini file something goes awire when you boot from there to XP but goes ok if you load Linux. MBR failure may be ?
My system is dead, it only puts out some sort of "reset" to the HD and CD at exactly every 8 seconds...the LED's flash. I am asking myself the same question is it the CPU or the "MB including the bios chip". So far I am voting for the CPU.