Problems with Intel DG41RQ motherboard.

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I recently replaced my original Motherboard that came with an Acer AM5640 PC, because it never turned on. I changed the Power Supply and still didnt power up.  I am having a couple of problems with the new motherboard. First I notice that the POST is taking a full minute to complete. I dont have a RAID nor do I see an option to turn it off in the BIOS.
Vista Home Premium wont load. As soon as the progress bar starts up the PC automatically restarts. Not even Safe mode starts. I have noticed that it stops at crcdisk.sys. Tried to boot without the automatic restart and it says to do a chkdsk /f.
I have run a Windows Memory Diagnostic and it executed without any problems.
System Restore has no restore points.
 Startup Repair cant automatically repair it. My next option I know is a full restore, but I wanted to be able to backup some stuff via the network, using ERD Commander. It couldnt detect my integrated LAN card. When I look in the back both lights are on solid, no bilking at all and my router doesnt detect the new devices attached. The LAN Cable works perfectly, as I have tested on another PC.
Before I format the HD, is it possible that the motherboard is bad?

Acer AM5640 Case
E2200 Pentium Dual Core CPU
4 GB DDR2 667 RAM
450 Watt Power Supply
500 GB SATA II Hard Drive
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What's the new motherboard?

Did you make sure your current hardware is supported by the motherboard?

Have you tried updating the BIOS?


I'd say this is a typical issue when replacing motherboards for Brand computers (Acer, Dell, HP...). The hardware is meant to work with the original motherboard, did you get the same Model of motherboard from the same vendor as your original one?

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The new motherboard, as the subject states, is an Intel DG41RQ.
I tried to find the same motherboard as the original but never found it, Had to settle. I bought it at CompUSA.
Sccording to Intel's site the CPU and RAM ARE compatible.
I'm looking at the board right now, did you happen to replace your ram while you replaced your motherboard?
Is your vista versiona 64bit or 32bit vista?.
The motherboard from what I see only has 2 RAM slots.. up to 8 gb capacity. The thing is though, if you upgraded from 2 gb (1 gb sticks) to 4 gb (2 gb sticks) while you changed the motherboard on a 32big vista system, then theres your problem. 2 gb sticks only work on 64bit Operating Systems. (I was mad when I read that the first time I purchased 2 gb sticks as well)

The only other minor thing I could think of is, that maybe your drivers for the old motherboard on your hard disk are conflicting with the new motherboards settings. (but thats a rarity.)

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it could be processor but more likey it a motherbvoard.

did you change with the same motherboard or dd you put a different brand.

i would use a different harddrive and reinstall windwos to see if it will install and run correctly.

CT

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I did not change the RAM. I can't really tell what version (32 or 64) it is. All I changed was the Power Supply and Motherboard.
I removed one of the 2GB DIMM Sticks and got the exact same results.
The DIMMs are Micron MT16HTF25664AY-667E1

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By the version I mean Vista.

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What's the BIOS version of the motherboard?

Try this latest one:

http://www.userdrivers.com/BIOS/Intel-DG41RQ-Motherboard-BIOS-0010-Update/


Insert the CD/Floppy that came with the MB and install Chipset drivers, etc.


Open Device Manager and make sure you get the drivers for every ? or ! that you see in the list

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Updated the firmware to the latest. No change at all.

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Still takes a long time for the POST to complete and the LAN card worries me...
I tried to boot with an old LIVE CD of Ubuntu 5.10 I had but X-Windows couldn't load. Only got the command prompt shell.
Later today I will try to change the HDD with a known working Visa OSand see how that goes. If it doesn't load and or the LAN card doesn't work, I guess I'll have to change themotherboard again.

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ok, I swapped the Hard Drive with one from my Tower PC with a working Vista Ultimate and THE EXACT THING happened!
The POST takes forever.
Since on this Vista installation I have automatic restart off, when it boots it just gives me BSOD with Stop 0x0000007B.
I tried to boot in safe mode and it also crashes at crcdisk.sys.

Can I definitely  count the motherboard as being bad now?
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Although most signs point to a faulty board, it might just not be compatible with some of your hardware.

Have it tested if possible wheeee you bought it from.

Annoying but only way to be sure 100%

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This is what I have done so far&
I removed  every accessory from the PC and installed one by one turning on and off before installing each accesssory. I noticed when I plugged the 14 in 1 into the USB header port the POST took longer. My guess is that it is trying to find a bootable device there. It works as from there I updated the motherboard firmware.
I connected the Hard drive to SATA port 0 and the DVD drive into the last SATA port.
I have swapped the RAM DIMMS and even tried booting with just one 2GB stick. Aside from the BIOS mentioning the difference in RAM size, no change at all.
I swapped the Hard Drive with one from my Tower PC with a working Vista Ultimate and THE EXACT THING happened as with the original HD.
Since on this Vista installation I have automatic restart off, when it boots it just gives me BSOD with Stop 0x0000007B.
I tried to boot in safe mode and it also crashes at crcdisk.sys.

From the Original PC the only things are the RAM, HD, DVD Drive and the modem.

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Go into bios and disable USB boot and check how long it takes then.

Do you have some spare IDE drive to test out?

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I installed Vista on the PC but now every time it boots it freezes with a blank black screen and blinking cursor on the top left side of the screen. I hit the caps lock, scroll lock, and num lock but the lights do not flicker. The PC stays frozen.
 

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Replace motherboard.

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Played with the BIOS settings, even changed the Power Settings from S3 to S1 and seems to work. Not sure what setting made it work, but at one time Vista loaded but not the LAN card. Then I reset the BIOS settings yet again and everything worked. Dont want to change any BIOS settings again, just in case.

I noticed that what is making the BIOS POST take a long time, seems to be the 14 in 1 Card Reader. I disconnected everything from the board and it loaded quickly. As soon as I connected it back it takes forever. Not entirely sure why. The card reader works and I removed the option to BOOT from the cards AND USB.
it could be a defective card reader; what happens when you change usb ports.

CT

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Pretty much the same. I'm guessing maybe not fully compatible with the motherboard since it came with the original Acer case.

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