I am building my father a computer. He had an old Dell computer with ddr2 ram and all old parts, including an IDE hard drive. I ordered a new am3 motherboard, 4gb ddr3, amd 3 core CPU, power supply, and case. I also bought an IDE to Sata adapter so i can use the IDE hard drive (with XP) on the new Sata motherboard.
Bios recognizes the drive.
I get past POST, hear 1 beep.
When i get to the Windows logo, it loads, but then the blue screen of death appears.
I tried switching the RAM, but it's fine. I loaded the HDD back into the old system, still works.
I can load XP in safe mode, but i can't get into the operating system through regular windows.
Does anyone know what could be the problem? I am almost certain all the parts work. I believe that there could be a bios issue?
Since you can get into safe mode, I would check the Windows System Log for any critical error messages.
At the command prompt, you can access the logs with the event viewer:
click on the "System" node on the left pane
...the critical error messages have a red icon. you can right-click on them and choose properties to see the error-text.