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September 2, 2006 12:33:49 AM

Does anyone have any ideas on this one?

I have a homebuilt system. I had 2 hitachi 80GB SATA drives striped in a raid 0 array using the mobos raid controller. I had a winsows 2000 Pro partiton and I had a beta version of windows XP64 on a second partion that I rarely boot up. One day windows refused to start. I just hung on the boot up screen for both OS's. the BIOS still sees both drives and reports no errors. I tried to use the recovery console to fix it and that didn't work so I tried to reinstall windows. but it refused to install on any partition.
I figured the drive was bad so I got a new Seagate 320 GB SATA drive witch I installed on a SIIG SATA controller. (I was hoping to get windows up and see if I could save the info on the striped drives) Windows would hang any time I tried to install with the raid drives attached so I disconnected them and plugged only the new drive into the MOBO and installed 2000pro slipstreamed with SP4. Everything went well. the OS installed I booted up, installed all my drivers AVG antivirus, lavasoft adware and zonealarm. The next day windows refused to boot. I tried everything to fix it but it hands on the start screen. Finally I completely reformated the drive and the everytime I tried to install windows it said another OS was on the drive that needed to be made innactive. when I said yes I would get a blue screen. and thats it. I even tried to use partition comander to wipe the drive clean and reformat.
So at a stand still I saw an ad for a 10GB seagate IDE drive at frys for $14. I bought it hoping to install windows, then scan the drives and figure out what was going on. I again installed windows, then started updating my drivers. The next day I booted the computer and I get windows to boot and then it locks up. Sometimes I can get task manager open before it locks but that is it. sometime not even that.

What is going on? Is it possible to have a BIOS virus? I can't understand why 3 seperate HD's keep failing right after a fresh install. This windows disk is the same one I have used for years so I don't think thats an issue. Any Gurus out there with a suggestion?

MSI K8N FSR 7030 mobo
AMD 64 3200
2 sticks corsair 512M DS DDR ram
Thermalake 600W PSU
eVGA 6800GT
HP DVD burner
DVD rom drive
Windows 2000 Pro
pluegged into the ethernet port of a Belkin wireless router

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September 2, 2006 1:50:20 AM

I've had similar problems with Windows randomly hanging and crashing on one of my computers. When it did run, there were a bunch of problems like programs crashing unexpectedly or not working at all. It turns out that the problem was a faulty power supply.

Faulty power supplies cause all sorts of strange problems, especially unexplained hangs and crashes in the OS. Have you noticed any programs running oddly recently? I'd recommend trying to run a "Live" version of Linux or Windows. It loads the OS off a CD or DVD and runs it entirely from RAM. If that crashes, your problem is definitely not hard drive related.

If possible, I'd also recommend swapping the PSU for a spare and see if that works. If you don't have a spare, see if you can borrow one from a friend to see if that works.
September 3, 2006 4:40:09 PM

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Does anyone have any ideas on this one?

I have a homebuilt system. I had 2 hitachi 80GB SATA drives striped in a raid 0 array using the mobos raid controller. I had a winsows 2000 Pro partiton and I had a beta version of windows XP64 on a second partion that I rarely boot up. One day windows refused to start. I just hung on the boot up screen for both OS's. the BIOS still sees both drives and reports no errors. I tried to use the recovery console to fix it and that didn't work so I tried to reinstall windows. but it refused to install on any partition.
I figured the drive was bad so I got a new Seagate 320 GB SATA drive witch I installed on a SIIG SATA controller. (I was hoping to get windows up and see if I could save the info on the striped drives) Windows would hang any time I tried to install with the raid drives attached so I disconnected them and plugged only the new drive into the MOBO and installed 2000pro slipstreamed with SP4. Everything went well. the OS installed I booted up, installed all my drivers AVG antivirus, lavasoft adware and zonealarm. The next day windows refused to boot. I tried everything to fix it but it hands on the start screen. Finally I completely reformated the drive and the everytime I tried to install windows it said another OS was on the drive that needed to be made innactive. when I said yes I would get a blue screen. and thats it. I even tried to use partition comander to wipe the drive clean and reformat.
So at a stand still I saw an ad for a 10GB seagate IDE drive at frys for $14. I bought it hoping to install windows, then scan the drives and figure out what was going on. I again installed windows, then started updating my drivers. The next day I booted the computer and I get windows to boot and then it locks up. Sometimes I can get task manager open before it locks but that is it. sometime not even that.

What is going on? Is it possible to have a BIOS virus? I can't understand why 3 seperate HD's keep failing right after a fresh install. This windows disk is the same one I have used for years so I don't think thats an issue. Any Gurus out there with a suggestion?

MSI K8N FSR 7030 mobo
AMD 64 3200
2 sticks corsair 512M DS DDR ram
Thermalake 600W PSU
eVGA 6800GT
HP DVD burner
DVD rom drive
Windows 2000 Pro
pluegged into the ethernet port of a Belkin wireless router


I would test the RAM... use memtest86. Search with google


Or, try to run your corsair memory at 2.7v. they like 2.7v...
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