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AMD XP2400+ with K7S41GX

Hi, One of the IDE channels failed on my old mboard so I've just invested in a new ASRock K7S41GX as it's the only one I could see that still supports this CPU. I can get Win 95,98 or NT to work fine, but 2000 and XP all just hang either on boot before the splash screen (the existing install) or hang at 'Setup is starting Windows' when I try to boot from the Windows product CDs or even through an Upgrade install from 98.. As soon as I switch back to my old board all works fine - Well apart from the IDE channel :-(

  • Crisp Sep 10, 2007

    Sorry forgot to put on the post..
    This is with an AMD 2400+ CPU.

  • Crisp Sep 10, 2007

    Thanks for that.. It's the boxed retail version of 2000 / XP that I tried to run the install for, so still not sure what's wrong there.
    I wouldn't have bothered with the board if Id realised that there was an PCI IDE card available :-( the shop didn't point that out..

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When the XP setup freezes at 'Setup is starting Windows' that can suggest a problem with the incorrect HAL being loaded. When Setup gets to 'Press F6 to load 3rd party disk drivers' (something like that!), press F5 instead. This gives you a list of possible HALs. Try Standard PC, although this will disable ACPI functions, like a proper shutdown. Anyway, thought this might help!

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Hi, the only reason that comes to mind here is your version of XP. A retail version will load on almost anything, a version supplied with a brand name computer may only be suitable for that brand, Dell/HP etc. Sorry if I am not much help, don't discard your old board, you could buy an add on card for ide connection then disable the onboard one and continue with the old system. Goodluck mistyman

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