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BSoD after new mobo & RAID 1 configuration

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The computer won't boot the existing installation of Windows XP without a BSoD. The BSoD is probably caused from the lack of drivers. Reinstalling Windows XP is not an option. The original configuration was an old P4 Intel motherboard with a single IDE HDD. I swapped the mobo with a new Gigabyte GA-73PVM-S2H. It has two RAID-1 SATA drives as well.

I went ahead and copied the data from the IDE to the SATA drives using Norton Ghost. I do have Hiren's boot CD if it can help me solve this problem. The computer will not boot and keeps restarting. I get a quick glimpse of a Blue screen error then it immediately restarts. I don't know what else to try or have no idea how to update the controller drivers. I downloaded the controller drivers (both AHCI and RAID)

These are the following drivers I have on a floppy:
1. NVIDIA MCP73 SATA AHCI Driver (Preinstall driver, press F6 during Windows* setup to read from floppy)
2. NVIDIA MCP73 SATA RAID Driver (Preinstall driver, press F6 during Windows* setup to read from floppy)
(source:http://www.gigabyte-usa.com/Support/Motherboard/Driver_Model.aspx?ProductID=2691&ost=xp#anchor_os)
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by:Rartemass
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Even if the drivers are wrong, it should still boot. If it was a fresh install of Windows the drivers would not be present and you will still boot so you can install them.

If the drives are SATA 1, then you will need the drivers, but it shouldn't reboot, just throw up an error like non-system disc.

Are all components seated correctly, ie RAM, CPU, PCI cards etc.

When changing the mobo over you may not have seated everything perfectly.
Re-seat everything and try again.
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by:rootjd
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Everything is seated correct. The IDE drive contains a Windows XP install from old hardware and a non RAID configuration. I switched the motherboard/ram/and installed two drives configured in RAID 1. I think it has to do with the OS installation not recognizing the new hardware, especially the storage controller.
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Remove the 2 drives in raid and boot with just the IDE.
If that works then you can copy the drivers onto the IDE drive. Update other drivers as required.
Then turn off and add the sata drives and boot.
If they are detected in Windows, you can then setup raid.


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by:jamietoner
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With this massive of a hardware change even with the sata drives out it will still bsod as the HAL is wrong. Boot to an xp cd with the ide drive out and the raid 1 with the ghost image in. Load the sata drivers with f6 and do a repair install, this should load the sata drivers and update the HAL. However with a motherboard upgrade it can be hard to tell, sometimes the only answer is a clean reinstall.
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I have tried using an XP install CD and pressing F6 to load the drivers, however, that method did not work. I found a method that did work. I used the IDE drive and found some utility called Ultimate Boot CD. This came with a tool to use a generic storage controller. This allowed me to boot into windows. Once there I updated the drivers including the RAID. Shut it down then re-cloned the IDE drive to the RAID 1 Array drives. This fixed the problem. Thanks!
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