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INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE Solved

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Alex Ethridge, Jan 22, 2002.

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  1. Alex Ethridge

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    First, I know this is not everyone's solution, nor is it mine for every occasion on which I get this damnable Stop Error. However, I did find the solution for myself on this one occasion and I thought I would share it for the benefit of those who may have a similar problem.

    This error, which I have been getting for weeks in my on-again and off-again tries at installing Windows 2000, was solved by changing the length of the IDE cable. First, I had a 30-inch IDE cable attached to the only hard disk on this controller. This is longer than usual; but, Windows 98 didn't have a problem with it. I had the hard disk connected to the last terminal, placing it 30 inches from the controller. I moved the hard disk to the first terminal which was about 20 inches from the controller. Windows 2000 did get further into the installation process before giving the INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE error again. I then turned the cable around so that the hard disk was connected only 10 inches from the controller. I was then able to complete the installation of Windows without incident.

    As an experiment, I decided to try to boot again with the hard disk at 20- and then 30 -nches from the controller. The error popped up again.

    I am satisfied that the length of the IDE cable had something to do with this.

    As a point of interest, I changed hard disks a few months back when my machine was running fine. I got the same Stop Error. I changed from an 80-conductor to a 40-conductor cable and it booted fine. Both disks were ATA-100.
     
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