MB won't boot windows

By C_Conqueror
Aug 18, 2007
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  1. Hey I just had a motherboard on my old computer go out so I decided to replace it and got a Foxconn K8S755A-6ELRS from newegg but after I installed it, it just says error loading operating system before the windows loading screen so I decided maybe I should just reinstall windows so I put the cd in booted from cd and it works fine until it says entering windows setup at the bottom of the blue screen, after that it just restarts. Here are the specs they are in my profile but since you are taking your time to read this I won't make you go and there and have to look at them.

    CPU- AMD Athlon 3200+ clawhammer
    Motherboard- foxconn K8S755A-6ELRS
    Hard Drive- 160 hatachi hard drive (IDE)
    RAM- 1 GB Rosewill pc 2700
    Video Card- Evga Geforce 6800

    Thanks for reading this and please help.
  2. robman817

    robman817 Newcomer, in training Posts: 17

    Ive had this problem many many times. Even though i still dont know the exact problem or way to fix it, i still get it done. I think what it may have been was the way the hard drive was connected to the strip and which slot of the motherboard it was in, i just mixed it up a bit and it eventually worked. hope that helps.
  3. C_Conqueror

    C_Conqueror Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 217

    I tried switching the IDE cables but still the same thing... thanks anyways
  4. C_Conqueror

    C_Conqueror Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 217

    Anybody else have any ideas I really need some help.
  5. almcneil

    almcneil TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,554

    What this means is that the new MoBo cannot read the HDD. Check if the POST can detect and read the HDD. Let's take it from there.
  6. C_Conqueror

    C_Conqueror Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 217

    Sorry I am noob what is the POST?
  7. almcneil

    almcneil TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,554

    POST = Power On Self Test

    When you start your comp, the first thing BIOS does is test your hardware. The results are displayed (unless you select in your BIOS to skip POST or use a splash screen to hide the POST output.)

    Watch and see what the results say.
  8. C_Conqueror

    C_Conqueror Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 217

    O, ok ya it sees it when I boot up and in BIOS as the IDE channel 0 master
  9. almcneil

    almcneil TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,554

    My next hypothesis then is that the new MoBo cannot read the Master Boot Record (MBR) on the default HDD. Check BIOS and see if there are any HDD options and repost with what it says.
  10. C_Conqueror

    C_Conqueror Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 217

    You mean the access mode? I have already tried auto, LBA and large none of them worked.
  11. almcneil

    almcneil TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,554

    Go into BIOS and select "reset to defaults" (or something like that.)

    Then try booting to the XP installation CD. Go into Recovery Console. See if you can access the HDD (get a "c:\")
     
  12. C_Conqueror

    C_Conqueror Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 217

    Wow I switched all the defaults and then switched the order of boot device so I could boot from device, it would never give me the option, then when I booted from the cd I actully made the recovery console page, before my coputer would just restart so I least we are making progress. So if there is nothing I want on that hard drive would it be ok to go ahead and install windows or should I still do recovery.
  13. almcneil

    almcneil TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,554

    By booting to the installation CD, you have bypassed the internal HDD.

    Were you able to get a "c:\"? I presume so. If so, run a chkdsk as follows:

    c:\> chkdsk /r

    This will check and fix the filesystem. Repost with results.
  14. C_Conqueror

    C_Conqueror Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 217

    it just says the volume appear to contain one or more unrecoverable problems
  15. almcneil

    almcneil TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,554

    You have no choice, you must reformat & re-install Windows.

    Sorry.
  16. C_Conqueror

    C_Conqueror Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 217

    ok thats not much a of big deall really just the time that bothers me thanks for your help though I don't know what I did in BIOS to make it restart before it gave me the option of entering xp setup.
  17. C_Conqueror

    C_Conqueror Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 217

    ok now when start to install windows I get to formating the unpartioned space but then before it finishes it restarts. Any other ideas
  18. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    That's because you need to REINSTALL windows. You cannot reuse windows on your hardrive. When you swap motherboards or change computers or do a significant amount of hardware upgrades, you need to reinstall windows. Windows is licensed and configured for only one motherboard at a time.
  19. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Posts: 1,094

    Untrue. I've swapped computers completely. AMD Athlon 64 to Pentium III. Gigabyte Motherboard to Intel. But often, there can be complications.
  20. almcneil

    almcneil TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,554

    This now means your HDD is flacky. Either swap it or have it tested at a comp store.
  21. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    Windows ALLWAYS must be reinstalled when swapping motherboards or changing a lot of components, or swapping hard drives into a new system. This is for several reasons.

    1. You are licensed to run windows XP on 1 system or motherboard at a time.

    2. Windows configures itself by serial # and components for the system it was installed on.

    So your statement is completely false.

    While windows may boot with a cloned motherboard exchange -

    1. you are in violation of the license agreement
    2. Sooner or later you will run into configuration issues.
  22. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,711

    Before you condemn the drive, download the manufacturers diagnostics onto a floppy and run them on the drive. If necessary do a low level format - if it takes this it is probably OK.
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