Can't install W2K SP4 - can install W98! Faulty A7N8X mobo???
Posted on 2005-03-24
This is my first attempt at building my own PC - why didn't I simply buy a Dell?
When I try to install W2K SP4 the process just stops near the beginning.
On booting off the W2K CD, it shows a DOS-like screen with a bar at the bottom saying it's copying files (SCSI drivers etc). At the end of this, it says "Starting Windows 2000", and the machine freezes. It won't respond to CTRL+ALT+DEL, and I have to hit the reset button. I have tried waiting 2 hours, but still nothing happens.
However, it will install and run W98 with absolutely no problems, just using the W98 CD and no extra mobo drivers.
If I set the BIOS to Fast POST disabled, it runs up through all the memory, then it runs up through all the memory again ad infinitum. It never gets any further.
If I set the BIOS to Fast POST enabled, there's no problem.
The BIOS shows this information:
Mobo temp = 22C
CPU temp = 124C 4F - this is rubbish; the heatsink near the CPU feels barely warm
Heatsink fan speed = 0 rpm - this is rubbish, as the fan is spinning, and it has a 3-wire connector plugged into the correct mobo header.
- Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe nForce2 mobo. (new)
- GEIL 2 X 512 mb dual channel value PC3200 RAM. (new)
- WD 80gb Caviar drive. I know this is OK because I have used it in another machine.
- Athlon XP 2600+ (Barton) 333 FSB. Not overclocked. (new)
- ThermalRight SI-97 heatsink attached with Arctic Silver 5.
- Asus V9520-X/TD GeForce FX5200 128MB DDR TV-Out/DVI graphics card. I know this is OK because it works in another machine.
- Antec SLK1650B Black Quiet Mini Tower Case - 350W SmartPower PSU. (new)
I also have a new WD Raptor 36gb drive that I intend to use for the OS, but I have stopped trying with this for the time being, until I get the OS install problem solved on the Caviar drive.
I have flashed the BIOS to bring it up to the latest rev 1013. W98 OK, but still can't install W2K.
I know the W2K CD is good because I have recently used it for another install. The W2K CD is an original MS disk and includes SP4.
I have tried starting the W2K install from within W98, but the same thing happens.
I have tried setting the mobo jumper to disable SATA.
Nothing seems to work.
If W2K installation requires mobo drivers to be loaded at the start (F6), why does W98 install OK without these drivers?
This looks like a mobo problem to me, but what? Is there any software I can use to test it?