troubleshooting Question

XP reboots on Stop error following hardware upgrade

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Hi folks,

Just upgraded some components of my home PC, new mobo, CPU and graphics.

Went from a Gigabyte mobo with Intel chipset and 2.8Ghz P4 CPU with Radeon 9600 to a new Asus A8MVP deluxe with crossfire chipset, Athlon 64 X2 4200+ CPU and Radeon X1600.
NIC is now onboard rather than a separate PCI card, but other than that, all hardware is the same.
I'm running XP Pro SP2 with all the latest patches.

I've done searches here and found stuff that is similar to, but not quite the same as my problem.

When the machine boots, the windows splash screen appears, then just about at the point it would normally move on from there, the splash screen freezes for about half a second (ie the running bar stops moving) and then I get a BSOD with a stop error that flashes up for a brief millisecond, just enough to determine that it is a stop error but not to get any other detail, then the machine reboots. If I just left it, it would do this endlessly.

I have managed to boot into safe mode, and windows appeared to finish loading all the drivers for the new mobo bits n pieces, and the drivers for the X1600 as well, but on a restart, the same thing happens as above.

So I went back into safe mode, managed to get online, and read somewhere on this site to try doing a repair install of windows, so it can rebuild the kernel or something like that. I loaded up the windows CD and booted off it, started off the repair install. After copying the files to disk, it has to restart. And on restart I get the BSOD and rebooting as first described, so now windows is stuck in the middle of Setup with nowhere to go, if I boot into Safe Mode I am told that Setup cant run in safe mode and I cant do anything except reboot. It's a never ending loop.

So I suspect I am going to have to do something in the Recovery Console, but I have no idea what, as at this point in time I have absolutely no idea what is causing the stop error.

I have pulled out all extraneous hardware and USB devices, all I have left plugged into the mobo are the graphics card, network cable, mouse, USB keyboard, one SATA connected HD that I boot from, a SATA connected LS120 drive that the BIOS doesn't appear to recognise, DVD drive and CD drive, and USB connector for extra rear USB ports.

As it's my only home machine, I want to get it up and running again ASAP without having to throw all my old hardware back in.

Any help or pointers most appreciated.


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