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Recently installed a new SATA drive to interface w/my KV7V; afterwards discovered the supplied original driver disc supported WinXP2002, and the new OS I installed is WinXP2003! Now am having trouble booting (have to restart 1 or 2 times) and cannot install Service Pack 3. Could this driver be causing the problems? Or is my AMD Athlon XP2400+ just too underpowered? Bios settings? I'm stumped! I don't even have anything that shows what the Bios and CMOS should be set at!

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  • nikolai21 Feb 06, 2010

    Just wanted to post an update on this problem with my KV7-V: checked the power supply as recommended, and have plenty of steady wattage to spare. PSU is in remarkably great shape considering it's 5 yrs old. So I decided to try something a bit radical, based on my intuition: purchased a SATA to IDE adapter, and installed it inline between Mobo and HD (naturally). Update to Service Pack 3 went a little slow, but without a hitch. THEORY: Either the processor AMD XP2400+ or the Mobo was unable to handle the volume of information at the speed that SATA was feeding it. This in spite of having the jumper on the HD set to limit the Mb to 150, as opposed to 300. Seems the purchased SATA to IDE adapter was able to effectively limit the demands being placed on my system. Have since switched the system back to full SATA with no problems arising, but am still curious as to whether upgrading my processor would fix this, or maybe a new KV7-V. They're getting hard to find, but have located a few.


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Dude i think your PSU is not able to supplyenough power to your pcso check it out how many watt PSU do u need u can do so by typing psu calculator on google

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An update on this problem ~ Checked both capacity and output readings on the psu; all good. A surprise, really, considering the psu is over 5 yrs old. So followed my intuition: purchased a SATA to IDE adapter for the HD and installed it. Mobo recognized the HD with no problem, as the old HD was installed via IDE. Successfully downloaded and installed XP SP3; it was slow, but went without a hitch. Have since gone back to SATA input for HD, and no problems. Hmmm. Seems the adapter was able to limit the data running into Mobo to what it or the processor (AMD XP2400+) could handle, even though the jumper on the new HD is set to 150 Mb, and not the 300 that newer hardware will handle. According to system specs, with the jumper set as it is, this solution should have not made a difference like it did. But Murphy's Law has a habit of coming at me in strange, unexpected ways. Anyhow, the only question remaining is whether to upgrade the processor, or to pick up a new KV7-V? Both are getting hard to find new, but have located them. Unfortunately, am not in a position to upgrade to the Mobo/processor combo I'd like to at this time. Anyone have thoughts on this?

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