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Instant restart problem. Help!

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  1. Angriff

    Angriff Thread Starter

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    I'm trying to run an old Compaq computer my friend gave me to fix up. As of now, I'm not sure if it's x32/64 bit but I put RAM in it, approx. 1.5 gigs, and a new 500gb Hard drive. So since I'm completely unaware of a solution, I may be assuming its a mobo problem...

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    I turn on the PC and for the first second of operation, the CPU fan 'revs' really loud. But then it descends to normal silence. I had Windows XP preloaded on the hard drive I was using and it comes up with the Windows XP loading screen. After quite some time of loading, for a split second it goes to a blue screen (Although not sure if it's THE blue screen error) and restarts itself. I'm thinking it's another mobo/Win XP problem, essentially. I just wanted to know if this happened to anyone else. Sorry if this may belong in the Hardware Forums, excuse my n00bness. ;)
     
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    If you havn't used that drive with XP on it on that computer before, you probably don't have compatible drivers that match the motherboard requirements to work. Specifically its probably a STOP 7B error blue screen and that means it doesn't recognize the SATA or IDE controller.

    If that is the problem, to fix it you would need to repace that controller with one that is compatible so it would boot and be able to load the rest of the drivers you would also have to provide. If you make a UBCD4Win boot CD, it has a utility on it which can do that, called Fix HDC I think.

    Otherwise you are probably going to have to install from scratch and if its SATA and you don't have the drivers, see if there is an IDE compatibility mode setting in the BIOS for the SATA controller; XP does not natively understand SATA and only IDE compatibility will work without specific drivers.
     
  3. Angriff

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    I tried to understand that but whoa man, I'm only 15. xD So what if I formatted the drive then reinstalled a clean version of Windows on it? It is an IDE hard drive. I have like 4 other ones so if it's just the drive, I'm sure it wouldn't matter. BUT, I first used the 40gb drive that I got WITH the computer and it still wasn't working. I just don't want to believe its a mobo error because I don't have a spare.
     
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    That should work as long as your version of XP is SP2 or later or the Mobo has AGP graphics. Pre-SP2 XP doesn't understand PCIe graphics slots and will result in another blue screen.
     
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    What if I try to run Win7 on it? I don't mind having to format the drive so I'll probably just do that.
     
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