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Computer will not boot to desktop

I installed a SATA pci host card on my Aopen AK77-8XN because there are no SATA sockets on this motherboard. When I boot, the SATA drive is recognized, however the next screen gives me the options to boot to safe mode, boot windows normally, last known configuration, etc. When I choose an option the computer locks up and will not continue. I have been in the BIOS to check boot sequence, and I have tried all combinations with no success. I have an Athlon XP 2600+ processor running Windows XP Professional SP2, 1.5GB of RAM and a 550 watt power supply. The latest Bios is installed. Please help.

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1. Unplug the SATA drive and see if you get a desktop then.
2. If so, then go to hardware/device and look for PCI sata card.
3. If it is listed, check the details, copy down and post here.
4. If it is not listed, see if it is listed under computer management/hardware/devices or in the "problem device" or "conflicts" tabs. Post any mention here.
5. While I wait for your reply/you wait for me to catch it, you should also try switching the card to another PCI slot. Sometimes, with new technology added to older boards, the slot ID is important.

Posted on Feb 24, 2008

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    Dana Stienheimer Feb 25, 2008

    I am waiting to see your results. As a second thought, be sure your IDE hard drive is compliant with this new arrangement. It may need to be set as "slave" in order for this rather unorthodox arrangement to work. Last, it is also entirely possible that your IDE hard drive itself is the problem. Its ROM might preclude any possibility of accommodating this arrangement, if it remains as the active/dominant hard drive. The wisest choice is always to dedicate the newest drive as a default operating system. To do that, you need only set master/slave jumper appropriately, and start from the WinXP CD-Rom, and install a new OS on the SATA. This will also assure that the most recent drivers are installed, for SATA drives (I doubt that has been done already). Post your IDE name/mfg and model, please.


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