cant get system to boot into windows xp

By wicked
Jul 5, 2003
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  1. i just purchased a new tower and an vc19 motherboard to replace my old one, i had an emachine t-4160, the mother board died so that necessitated new parts :)

    anyway, it was p4 1.6 gighz, i put the new system togeather
    went through the bios, and made all the setting changes,
    its starts to boot and the started just rebooting, would never get into the windows xp screen, it seems to be some multiplier
    type problem, so i set to auto, it detects all the components but
    will not boot, it just gets to a screen to give option to boot to
    safe mode
    safe mode with network support
    safe mode with command prompt
    last known good config.
    starts windows normally

    none of them do anything , it just seems to freeze after i make a selection, i restart and it continues to repeat

    i have 2 hard drives both are detected properly, new ram just for this board ( the board would not use my old ram.)

    anyone have any ideas on solutions? HELP !! :)
  2. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,896

    are you using the power supply that was from the E machine? thier power supplies are pitiful barely enough to run the emachine as it is set up. changing to a new board and new ram would be more than enough to mmake the PS inadequate.

    also make sure that your hardrives are properly set master/slave
  3. XtR-X

    XtR-X Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,040

    Exactly.

    Also, it can be a multiplier/frequency setting in the BIOS. After you've checked that the master/slave stuff is ok, try to reset the CMOS and start all over again in the BIOS, don't mess with the frequency unless the POST gives a wrong reading. If so, increase in the smallest increments.
  4. Tarkus

    Tarkus TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 837

    are you trying to boot the original XP installation? You will probably have to reinstall XP as none of the boot configuration would be correct for a new, totally different MB.
  5. krowdpeleeza

    krowdpeleeza Newcomer, in training Posts: 58

    also you might want to try and lower you ram timmings...If possible first try running them by SPD....If that works try and change the various timmings one at a time...
    The only reason i say this is I've run into problems with overclocking my DDR Ram timmings and the machine would reboot at the Windows XP Boot screen...
  6. XtR-X

    XtR-X Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,040

    The RAM being managed by SPD is a good idea all together.
  7. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    It is most likely the XP loading the old mobo drivers. You can make it boot by repairing the XP installation from the installation CD.
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