I had to make a slipstream windows XP (SP1) boot disk to install the SATA controllers as my ASUS A7V600 wouldn't allow XP to install on a SATA drive without them and they couldn't be installed from the CD.
Now, each time on entering my XP account, My machine thinks that I have out-of-date none-Windows XP files on my machine and always asks me to re-install them every time. If I insert the XP Boot CD, the dialog disappears and the Install Windows window appears.
Every time I play any OpenGL or DirectX Game like C.O.D., My machine freezes, forcing me to reset.
I am running my memory @ 333 MHz and my CPU @ 333MHz (Running as Athlon 2000XP) even though I have FSB 400MHz and DDR400 because it is too unstable at full speed.
Overall, my PC is sluggish and jerky which I did not expect when spending over 500 quid on components. I have read various articles from different forums explaining about the XP install problem and various BIOS updates and Catalyst Driver Updates but no answers seems to have been found.
I believe that the combination of a SATA drive and the Asus A7V600 causes issues but is SATA the problem or is it the ATI drivers? Does anyone have the answer to this question!?!
I am also getting "windows corrupt" alerts when I try and launch Internet Explorer and Explorer is always crashing. Upon reboot, my system often runs CHKDSK, regardless of whether a "textbook" shutdown was performed. During this CHKDSK, it seems to recover 100s of orphaned files!!!
I am running BIOS 1006 and Catalyst v3.7 (I have tried the latest catalyst drivers and the problem is even worse.)
Any help with this pickle would be much appreciated.