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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by VistaMatt, Jul 17, 2007.

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  1. VistaMatt

    VistaMatt Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I'm putting old-ish computer hardware pieces together to make a functioning computer to donate, but I've hit a roadblock.

    I have a AMD 1 GHZ processor with 512 MB Ram that used to work fine. Then then harddrive crashed and now I'm putting another HDD in to make the computer run again.

    Here's my problem: I put in the new harddrive, check the BIOS for proper bootup order (C, A, D), but the computer stops booting up after it checks the memory and then displays a list of "PCI device listing ...". The PCI list shows along with the computer specs (in a box) but never proceeds onward to boot the HDD. I've tried this with 3 different HDDs, including one that had a fresh installation of Windows 2000 on it (that was working perfectly on another computer).

    What is hanging me up? Any help appreciated.
     
  2. emoric

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    Is the hard drive new? Was it previously used? Have you formatted it? Reinstalled?

    I'm just a little unclear. :)
     
  3. VistaMatt

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    Of the three HDD i've tried, 2 are unknown (used and from different computers) and I'm trying to boot them so I can reformat and put on Windows 2000. The third is an older HDD, but was recently formatted and a clean Windows 2000 was installed on it. It works perfectly in another computer. But for some reason, none of the three boot. I turn on the computer and it checks the memory, recognizes the HDD (says that it is a Maxtor, etc.), then comes up with "press f10 to change bootstrap..." then passes that and goes to the PCI device listing, lists a bunch of stuff, then proceeds to do nothing. It seems as if there is something simple I am missing, but I've never had this problem before and I've worked on these refurbished, recreated computers before...
     
  4. ozrom1e

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    Welcome to TSG....

    Is there any other hard drives in the computer?

    It sounds like a drive select problem with the hard drives.
     
  5. VistaMatt

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    Nope - no other drives at the moment. I was initially thinking that it was as simple as two of the drives were just bad, but when I put in the WORKING drive, it does the exact same thing. Could there simply be a problem with the motherboard?
     
  6. Elvandil

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    Can you boot from the 2k CD? The installation of 2000 that was done on another machine may not have the proper drivers installed for that motherboard.

    If you can boot from the 2000 CD, you can start setup and reinstall 2000.
     
  7. VistaMatt

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    Good call -- I'll try the win2k cd and bootdisks.

    Let me get back to you to see if that works.
     
  8. Elvandil

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    I'm assuming that the first 2 drives may not have even had an OS on them.

    Good luck.
     
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