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Blue screen in A8N32 SLI Deluxe Motherboard which worked excellently-ACPI

I assembled a PC comprising of the following hardware/software:
i) Asus A8N32 SLI Deluxe Motherboard
ii) Chipset NVIDIA nForce SLIX16
iii) AMD Processor
iv) AMI Bios v02.58 (copyright 1985-2004)
v) Corasair memory 1GB
vi) Western Digital HDD (160 GB)
vii) ATI Radeon GPU
viii) Creative Sound Card
ix) Genuine Windows XP Professional
My PC worked excellently for eleven months. Without even a second of trouble. However, one fine(!) day in August,2007 the bios screen flashed as usual, but the Windows did not load. I tried again, again the same good beep, but Windows refusing to load. After many rounds of restarting, I smelt some trouble. We all know when we think of good happening to us, but realize it is otherwise.

After trying installing and uninstalling all the parts, replacing the CMOS battery, hard disk, shorting jumper, I was able to get a Blue Screen:
The text of the BSOD (Blue Screen of Death!) is as follows:

“The BIOs in this system is not fully ACPI compliant. Please contact your system vendor or visit for an updated BIOS. If you are unable to obtain an updated BIOS or the latest BIOS supplied by your vendor is not ACPI compliant, you can turn off ACPI mode during text mode set up. To do this, simply press the F7 key when you are prompted to install storage drivers. The system will not notify you that the F7 key was pressed-it will silently disable ACPi and allow you to continue your installation.”
I do not understand how my BIOS suddenly became ACPI non compliant.

I request you to kindly let me know a solution which does not include replacing of the motherboard or if it is necessary then which motherboard to go for (it must be easily available and must support AMD socket 939 and DDR i-400/657 mhz memory

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  • nouze Mar 11, 2008

    I tried all these, if your read my problem. Thanks very much however.

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2008

    same here... had my machine running for quite some time... didnt touch anything, and out of nowhere my ubuntu freezed and xp refused to start... :(
    tried a bios reset, repair install of the xp, flashed the bios to a newer version (revision 1405)... and i still get that damn BSOD
    my vista (on an other HDD) boots with no errors :-S

  • nouze Sep 13, 2008

    Thanks a lot to all of your for offering help.As for any concrete solution, the only cosolation was that so many people the world over have the same problem, without any solution. I had to agree, becuase their letters madie it clear that they know far more than I do about such matters.

    I have now decided to go ahead with Intel Dx48BT2 motherboard, compatibe Intel pocessor, and compatible DDR3 memory. I already have a fine 512 MB ATI Radeon GPU and a fine sound card. I hope it works fine, though it would mean reactiation of Windows software. It is funny that those using pirated software use it wihout hassles, whereas those using genuine have to face problems they should not have.



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I had this issue myself. It took a very long day of searching... but all I ended up having to do was disabling the parallel port in BIOS. (I even went so far as to update BIOS, and the bugger just wouldn't load past the Windows loading screen unless I turned off that stupid parallel port.

I know this solution is late, but maybe it could help.

Posted on Sep 12, 2008

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Okay, been having issues with this for about 2 weeks. USB ports seem to be the issue with this motherboard. I have the most updated bios for (A8n32 sli deluxe) I tried every solution up there. besides usb trick. Just plugged in a 2 port usb keyboard when i installed for a promised last time, and it booted>>>!!

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Go into "Advanced"
"Onboard Devices Configuration"
Disable "Parallel Port Address"

worked for me.

Posted on Feb 25, 2009

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I have encountered the exact same issue with this (A8N32SLI-Deluxe) motherboard. I don't exactly have a fix but I did track down the problem. I have been running this board for two years with various upgrades over this time - always without issue. Then out of the blue the BSOD as described in the original post. Tried several attempt to fix always without success. I was looking on the Asus web site and saw the latest BIOS and one of the issues it fixed was a compatibility issue with external sata hard drives. So i did yet anther clean load of Windows XP Pro without any external hard drive powered up - and everything went fine. So after all the drivers were loaded and the system was fully set up I shut down the system and powered up an external drive and started the system - what do you know there was my BSOD, shut the system down, powered off the external, powered up the system and loaded fine. I repeated this several times to make sure it was not a fluke and sure enough every time I powered the system up with an external hard drive attached by USB the system would BSOD. So I updated the BIOS with the latest flash from ASUS (the one that was to fix the issue with external drives) and guess what, did not help. So now the system works fine as long as I do not plug in an external drive, so not really a fix but I did fine (in my case) what was the cause.

Posted on Dec 06, 2008

I had the same problem. Asus board and all. Tried all kinds of things and came to find out that my external hard drive was the cause. Unplugged it and all was good

Posted on Sep 03, 2008

I have the same problem, i don´t know why but it only boots if i insert a pen drive, if not blue screen with acpi message.

Try inserting a USB drive

Posted on Aug 08, 2008

Go to the bios and disable all you don't need (usb, serial port, ide, apm, ...) let acpi enbabled! reboot and see if your xp boots :)
if so reenable one thing at a time... worked for me :)

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First, a couple easy things to try:

  1. Enter the BIOS and set to to the "Fail Safe Defaults", if possible. Save the BIOS changes and the system will restart.
  2. Enter the BIOS and try booting the system with the ACPI set to every option it has.
  3. Try every combination of RAM that you can. If you have two DIMMs, try DIMM #1 in slot #1, then in slot #2, then DIMM #2 in slot #1, then DIMM #2 in slot #2.
  4. At the BIOS screen, along with the AMI BIOS information, it should also give a date. This will be the date of the BIOS (sometimes the date is more pertinent than the version). Compare that with the dates of the BIOS' offered on the Asus website. If there is a newer revision available, it might be worth updating it, but only if you feel comfortable doing it.
Also, here's a thread on an HP forum about a very similar issue.

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