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New computer not booting

Hi...
I just upgraded my desktop with a new Motherboard and CPU
Motherboard is a MSI K8N Neo2-FX
CPU                   Athlon 64 3700+

Now to the not so fun part. Everything was set up and I was ready to try my "new" computer.
I turned it on, fans and lights came to life, but then... NOTHING !!!!    The monitor never came out of standby-mode, and nothing seemed to happen. After reading a bit in the manual, I found out by checking som status LED's that the startup stopped at:
"Initializing Floppy Drive Controller. This will initialize Floppy Drive and controller."

I don't even have a floppy onboard !!!    What can be wrong and how do I fix it ?

Arild
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rindiCommented:
First remove everything except the CPU, one RAM module, and the VGA adapter, then turn the PC back on.
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mjcoyneCommented:
Go into the BIOS and disable the floppy drive?
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arildj78Author Commented:
Cant go into BIOS.... Screen is black (still in Standby), everything is disconnected exept CPU, one RAM and VGA adapter. I've tryed two different VGA-adapters.

Arild
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smiffy13Commented:
In situations like this you need to get down to power supply, motherboard and cpu and perhaps 1 known good memory stick - usually you'll get a beep, beep, beep if the memory stick is bad. Start with replacing the power supply, if you know that it's good, then 99% of the time it's the motherboard that's the problem
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rindiCommented:
Try the RAM in different sockets, and to make sure there is nothing shorting to the case, also take the board out of the case and try it from outside.
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arildj78Author Commented:
Found the first error :)
I had two identical 512MB RAM's.  Tryed to start up with just one of them (as described earlier). I tried the wrong one! It appears that I have one faulty RAM-module.

Now on to the next problem (of course there JUST HAD TO BE ANOTHER PROBLEM) !!!!
Windows Blue Screen Of Death !
It appears that my XP pro installation aint so keen on new hardware. I'm not able to get past BSOD. Unfortunately the computer reboots before I'm able to read what it says :(

When I try to boot in Safety Modus, the last driver that's loaded before BSOD is d347bus.sys
I've Google'd it and found that other have experienced the same (with Deamon-Tools 3.47).
One fix was apparantly to rename the file to somthing different.

How can I rename a file when I can't boot the #!%!ยค%# thing ?
Can I boot from my USB-stick? (BIOS supports it but I can't figure out how to make the USB-stick bootable)

Arild

I have a working laptop and was thinking that maybe
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rindiCommented:
Normally if you change the hardware you should reinstall the OS.

Can you boot into safemode command prompt only? If yes, you can rename the file. Otherwise use the XP CD and boot with that into the recovery console and then do the rename. You could of course also build a UBCD4Win and then boot your system with that and do whatever you want with you files on the HD.

http://ubcd4win.com
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arildj78Author Commented:
I have a LOT of pictures on the HD (of course I didn't make a backup).
I tried the XP cd and got to the question: Which drive do you want to install XP on?
At this point I exited the XP setup (out of fear of loosing my data). Up to this point I didn't see any question about recovery console.   Where can I find it?

Arild
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rindiCommented:
When you boot the CD you should be asked if you want to repair an installation, and there you need to enter "r". After that it drops to a console. It of course depends on your CD. If you don't have a standard installation CD, but rather a recovery CD from the PC vendor you might not have that option.
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arildj78Author Commented:
It was not on the CD, but I managed to make 6 bootdisc's (??), and after booting with theese, I got the recovery console up and running. Now I've disabled the d347bus.sys and agp440.sys.... I still get BSOD   :(     any suggestions?     I'm planning on making a clean install with XP, but before I can do that, I need to get in there and salvage about 10,000 pictures.

Arild
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rindiCommented:
I'd take the drive out and store it away, install a new one and install windows to that. This should keep your pictures safe until your up and running and can copy the fotos off.

The BSOD you get is probably due to a bad driver or a driver that isn't for the hardware you have, but without more info it is difficult to say, as there can be many causes for this.
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mjcoyneCommented:
Do you have something you can copy your files to, like a USB stick?  You'll probably be able to boot the machine either using a boot floppy or a Linux live CD.  From there, you can backup your files.  Then you'll need to re-install the OS.
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nobusCommented:
here is how to change mobo's in XP :

http://65.24.134.81/KipSolutions/MovingXPNewMotherboard/MovingXP.htm      move XP to other mobo
http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=kb;nl;314070                       "     "     "    "      "   
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ddrdanCommented:
YOU SAID: "but I managed to make 6 bootdisc's (??), "  Was this hard drive from an HP or Dell or another "proprietary" PC? If so, your XP won't work on any motherboard except the one it was originally installed on.

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arildj78Author Commented:
I made the bootdisk's on my Laptop and booted the desktop with theese. I got recovery console up and disabled a few drivers. Still no luck.  Now I've made a fresh install of XP, without deleting the old installation. I now have full access to all the files, and are burning the pictures out to DVDs. As soon as I'm done, I will format the HD and make ONE fresh install.

Arild
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arildj78Author Commented:
I'm not sure how to split the points on this one (a lot of good tips here). Maybe I'll just split them equally between all who chipped in?

Arild
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