Computer won't boot; stops in mid-count at 94

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noobette

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My son and I built his computer a year ago: Intel 975xbx motherboard, Pentium D, 2G RAM, sweet NVidia graphics card, 2 HDs in RAID 0 config. We didn't get a sound card because he didn't care about sound. When a new patch in WOW started screwing up the sound, we bought a AudioExcel AV512 sound card and the sound glitch was fixed and it sounded lovely. 2 days later the computer won't boot. The Raid page comes up and says the HDs are fine "bootable". Then it goes into a count and sticks at 94 forever. The keyboard works, but we can't get into the boot options screen or setup.

We tried:
Taking out the sound card
checking all connections for a possible loose connection
taking out a memory stick, but i don't think it'll run that way, I think they are in some sort of dual mode.

Is the motherboard bad? Memory? any ideas?
 
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noobette,

Did the AudioExcell card you installed require any driver installation? If yes, I would suspect a corruption on your system. Do you have a startup diskette or CD? I hope you back up regularly.

Perhaps you can attempt a recovery without having to do a re-install. Explore your options and just don't do a re-install when a recovery would do. Let's know how you do. Thanks.

jasonguy
 

noobette

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Gasp! Yes the sound card came with a driver cd, which we installed. I will try the Windows startup CD. We have a boot diskette, but no diskette drive, lol.
Thanks
 
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FWIW: After you recover your system, if you continue to use your sound card, be sure to turn off the on board card in the BIOS.
 

noobette

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I've been off my computer for a couple days. I had to go to the storage locker to get my old computer and cannibalize its floppy drive to use with my son's computer. We got it all hooked up and in the process unplugged the mouse. ===>It turns out it was a hardware conflict with the mouse!! Reinstalled and it worked but started crashing every so often.

We had to download the driver from the CMedia website. The driver that comes with the Audio Excel AV512 is no good for us. The driver on their website worked.

All good. thanks for your help, Markomus and Jasonguy.
:)
 
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