I assembled my computer yesterday.
Mushkin 2x2gb DDR2 8500
GeForce 9800 GTX
New Power Supply 600W
I'm using the same case: CoolerMaster Cavalier
The only constant error is:
The light of the floppy remains on. The same floppy I was using 10 minutes before in my old computer, in the same case with the same cable.
The boot process stop after 2 seconds that the Windows XP logo appears and restart by itself.
Now I have plugged in the mobo the CPU with its cooler, only one memory stick, HD, my old video card Nvidia660 and the power switch.
I tried using another HD also with Win XP and I got the same result. The boot process stop after 2 seconds the logo come up and restart.
To write here in this forum I'm using my old computer assembled on top of a shiping box and using the same HD that I want to make boot up on the new system.
I have to work with this computer and make it works, but my knowledge are not being useful naught now.
Well your floppy light stays on because your floppy cable is backwards. Turn the floppy cable around so that the end that was in your floppy drive is plugged into the motherboard and vice versa. As far as rebooting 2 sec into boot, it may be blue screening but if you don't have the option in windows to not automatically restart upon system error then it won't show you the blue screen, it'll just reboot. I'd take a formatted hard drive and boot into a Windows cd, freshly install Windows, and see if it'll boot then.
disable the floppy drive in the bios... it doesn't boot if it has a floppy drive for me... like at all at any point... I don't know if you need your floppy... but i'd turn it off just in case...
I'm guessing your processor is overheating or is under voltaged... when first made this computer I had the heatsink on the wrong way (wasn't my fault... no directions whatsoever and the difference between the sides was like a mm) and it made my computer terminate the boot sequence after a little while... also when its under voltaged then it can get to the xp logo and then terminate part way through
Essentially, it should still work even if he did do that. I've done it many times. But, that's why I said it might be blue-screening and he just needs to try a fresh install and see what happens. I could be a simple driver instability. Occassionally you won't be able to reuse a current Windows XP install with a new system, but 9 times out of 10 it will work.
First of all thanks for your interest and try to help me.
Floppy issue: I'm using the same case so the floppy was in there. I just unplugged it from the old mobo and plugged in to the new one.
The CPU temperature is around 32º C, less than my :=)
Also I removed the cooler and CPU to see if there was something wrong there. Everything looks fine to me so I placed them again.
Nothing changes after that.
For the CPU voltage configuration I'm leaving the "auto" options because I don't know yet how to overloking.
The blue screen appears for les than a second. I had to record this with my digital camera so I can read it. I said something about a virus or bad sectors on the HD.
I'm waiting for my new HD. I decide to use my old HD because I have (had) a dead line for tomorrow. Also I never had this kind a problem before changing HD's from one PC to another. I know it's not clean but...
The blue screen appears for less than a second. I had to record this with my digital camera so I can read it. It said something about a virus or bad sectors on the HD.
I'm waiting for my new HD. I decide to use my old HD because I have (had) a dead line for tomorrow. Also I never had this kind a problem before by changing HD's from one PC to another. I know it's not clean but...
Yeah, I agree that the floppy cable is on backwards. If it has a plastic tab on it to keep you from plugging it in the the opposite way(into the back of the floppy). The trick I learned from an older tech was get a knife, cut the tab off, and put it on there the other way anyway. Had to do that once, and it worked for years I think.
If you are able to boot into either environment and (in the Windows CD) get into the Recovery Console without restarting, then I would say that you need to reinstall Windows on your hard drive.
I had the exact same issue when upgrading. I hoped that I could keep the same Windows installation, but Windows doesn't like it when you change things like a motherboard. Sometimes it will let you get into Windows so you can "reactivate Windows", others it will blue screen and restart just as you've described. It depends on the severity of the hardware change, I'm guessing that you upgraded a lot of older hardware to more up to date stuff.
So my advice is to wait for your new hard drive to arrive so you can install Windows fresh or wipe your current hard drive.
Floppy aint your issue at all but you can fix it like is stated. You need to reformat the hard drive and reinstall Windows from scratch. If you have a Dell or other manufacturer Windows CD you need to buy a new one.
Regardless of what some noobs say, it is never wise to put a hard drive from one computer to another one, without reisnstalling Windows.
Reinstall windows when you up change hardware that drastically Windows will get very upset with you. you only solution is to format reinstall, (i had the same problem with my vista machine when i swapped out the motherboard only.)