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Problems with windows.

I am having multiple problems. First I connected the montherboard and everything on it and booted it and it could not install windows XP, it said can't read hard drive. So I installed the hard drive on to another computer and install windows that way, and even install a couple games. Everything worked great. Then I take the hard drive and put it back into the 661FX7MJ and then I started getting problems again. When I can get it to start windows and then tries to install the new device drivers, when I restart to install it doesn't start windows anymore and have to try couple times again to get it to start. Then I have the same problem and it tries to install drivers. Sometimes it doesn't read the hard drive at all. What should I do? I feel I have tried it all. I put windows XP CD and boot off that but it seems to get issues with that also.

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  • The1msT May 11, 2008

    I have a PATA hard drive installed, and I tried what you suggested. I switched the cables with the cd roms and it started loading windows, but it took a really long times. Once it loaded it worked fine, drivers would begin to install and when it rebooted it worked. But then I thought the computer was working and continued installing the rest of the drivers like directX and when it finished it restarted and same problem. It would go up to windows loading and then reboot. I tried reformating it but sometimes it doesn't read hard drive or it will freeze while partitioning. Could it be the motherboard? since its new, I'm not sure what it might be.


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Are you using a 40 lead cable or a 80 pin, you should have 80 for the harddrive and 40 for the cdrom, so they are not interchangable, and you have to have 80 for th eharddrive

IE 40 and 80 both have 40 pins, but 80 has twice as many wires in the cable

Posted on May 12, 2008

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  1. Are you using a SATA drive or an IDE(PATA)?
  2. If using SATA, is SATA set up in bios as first boot or second after CDROM?
  3. If using PATA hard drive is the IDE channel working properly? Switch the CDROM and Hard drive ribbon cables on the motherboard.

Posted on May 10, 2008

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    Mark Williams May 11, 2008

    Sounds like the chip set controller on the board is corrupt. When that happens and you can not update chip set firmware then it is time for a new board.
    I bought a Refurb board from the and when it arrived the primary IDE channel was INOP so I installed SATA hard drive set bios to boot that way and everything was fine, didn't want to bother with an RMA and return it.(I had an anxious customer). Sorry I couldn't give you a "FIX"


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