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2500+ and Asus A7X8X-X won't boot into windows!

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January 2, 2004 8:57:50 PM

Man I hope someone gets back to me on this one. I'm a P4 guy building an AMD system for my parents. They bought the parts and didn't want to go all-out. Being short on time and not very AMD savvy, I opted for the Athlon XP 2500+ (333 FSB Barton), 512 MB of PC3200 (DDR 400), and the Asus A7X8X-X mobo. I got the 400 FSB board so they could get a 3200+ in the future.

Here's my problem: I'm using their old harddrive with windows already installed on it. It was hooked up on an Asus A7A266 mobo with a 1.2 Ghz Athlon T-bird. With the harddrive on this new setup (mentioned earlier) would it give me problems booting into windows? Everything works fine in the bios. I have the CPU running at 166 and the DDR running at SPD (which gives me 200Mhz it says). It will not, even at an underclocked state, let me boot into windows. I get the Windows XP boot screen for a split second, then a blue screen with white text for a spit second, and then BAM, it reboots. Every single time. Do I have to do a clean install of Windows? Is there a wicked driver conflict going on here? Also, I've heard that Athlon XP's multipliers are supposed to be locked, but mine isn't. I can change my multiplier from 11x (default) to 12.5x. is this normal? Did I get a super-chip?

<font color=blue>Asus P4P800 Deluxe, 2.6C @ 3.25Ghz, Geil Platinum PC4000, Geforce FX5900, SB Audigy 2, Maxtor DMax+9 120GB SATA, Antec TruePower 430, Swiftech MCX4000 w/Sanyo Denki 92mm on 1/2" spacers.</font color=blue>
January 2, 2004 9:18:23 PM

Try booting into safe mode and removing all the drivers. See if Windows will boot and re-detect / install drivers. If not, try a repair installation.

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January 2, 2004 9:21:12 PM

I like reinstalling Windows every chance I get and you would probably get better performance from formatting and doing a clean installation than fixing your current installation, and you might not succeed in that.

Got a nice overclocked overvolted system to keep you warm at night? That's great. Guess I'll have to settle for a woman...
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January 2, 2004 9:25:02 PM

it won't even boot into safe mode! what gives?

<font color=blue>Asus P4P800 Deluxe, 2.6C @ 3.25Ghz, Geil Platinum PC4000, Geforce FX5900, SB Audigy 2, Maxtor DMax+9 120GB SATA, Antec TruePower 430, Swiftech MCX4000 w/Sanyo Denki 92mm on 1/2" spacers.</font color=blue>
January 2, 2004 9:28:50 PM

In order to do a Windows repair you do without it being able to boot even to safe mode. Boot with the Windows disk and select there the repair option for a repair or the fresh installation for formatting and losing all the data.

Got a nice overclocked overvolted system to keep you warm at night? That's great. Guess I'll have to settle for a woman...
January 2, 2004 9:34:49 PM

and what about the multiplier thing? is that normal for an Athlon XP to be able to adjust the multiplier settings?

<font color=blue>Asus P4P800 Deluxe, 2.6C @ 3.25Ghz, Geil Platinum PC4000, Geforce FX5900, SB Audigy 2, Maxtor DMax+9 120GB SATA, Antec TruePower 430, Swiftech MCX4000 w/Sanyo Denki 92mm on 1/2" spacers.</font color=blue>
January 2, 2004 11:00:20 PM

You have an unlocked 2500+!! Congratulations!

Yes, it was normal until AMD started locking their lowend Bartons.

Damn Rambus.
January 3, 2004 2:17:43 AM

You should send me your cpu. :)  i'll replace it with a 2500+ barton in retail box.

p4 2.8 533fsb
intel mobo
1gb rdram pc 800
radeon9800 pro
120gb seagate s-ata
January 3, 2004 4:10:17 AM

this IS a 2500+ in a retail box. I did a clean install of windows and now have it currently overclocked as a 3200+ @ 2205 Ghz with an 11.5 multiplier. It went further (210 Mhz @ x12 multiplier), but backed it off because it's my parent's computer and if something goes wrong I'd never hear the end of it. Better safe than sorry. They wouldn't be able to tell the difference anyways. Thanks for the help guys. I got my unlocked 2500+ from ZipZoomFLy.com. Maybe they have more....

<font color=blue>Asus P4P800 Deluxe, 2.6C @ 3.25Ghz, Geil Platinum PC4000, Geforce FX5900, SB Audigy 2, Maxtor DMax+9 120GB SATA, Antec TruePower 430, Swiftech MCX4000 w/Sanyo Denki 92mm on 1/2" spacers.</font color=blue>
January 3, 2004 4:24:49 AM

Yeah, 3200+ at 2.2 GHz is a nice safe zone for these cpus. I have one and it runs perfectly. I can go a little further, but it'd be a lot of trouble for little gain.

Some day I'll be rich and famous for inventing a device that allows you to stab people in the face over the internet.
January 3, 2004 6:26:13 AM

So, now that it's working, what do you think of this cheap little piece of amd crap?
January 3, 2004 4:00:25 PM

Id bet it get stuck on the agp.sys or mup.sys . Reinstall is required.

Barton 2500+ @ 2200mhz (10x220 vcore @ 1.775)
Asus A7N8X Dlx 440 FSB
1gb Geil GD pc3500 Dual Channel (2-3-3-6)
Segata 80gb SATA 8.5ms seek
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro(420/700)
January 3, 2004 11:21:59 PM

Yeah, I think they'll be happy with the performance boost over their old system - 1.2 Ghz Athlon T-bird with PC133. Thanks again everyone!!

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