System stalls during boot

By dlhelling@comca ยท 7 replies
Feb 21, 2008
  1. System is 2 weeks old:
    Board: ASUSTeK Computer INC. P5GC-MX/1333 Rev x.xx
    Bus Clock: 1333 megahertz
    BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 0207 08/01/2007
    2.40 gigahertz Intel Core2 Duo
    64 kilobyte primary memory cache
    4096 kilobyte secondary memory cache
    3064 Megabytes Installed Memory
    Slot 'DIMM0' has 2048 MB
    Slot 'DIMM1' has 1024 MB
    2878.35 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
    2618.79 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

    System OS - XP Professional SP2.

    Boot order:
    1. Floppy
    2. PLEXTOR DVDR PX-712A [CD-ROM drive]
    3. SATA Drive - WCARW2614819, rev 12.01B02
    When I boot up I have system set to boot from SATA drive.

    I have two hard drives connected via PCI controller (Silicon Image ATA-133 Medley Raid Controller card).
    Both drives are:
    Maxtor 6L200P0 [Hard drive] (203.93 GB) rev BAH41G10

    I have four USB hard drives hooked up to a Belkin hub.
    Belkin hub has seperate AC connection.
    Each of listed USB hard drives plugged into Surge protection power strip.
    Maxtor 3200 USB Device [Hard drive] (500.11 GB) - drive 3
    ST340063 3A USB Device [Hard drive] (400.09 GB) - drive 4
    Seagate FreeAgentDesktop USB Device [Hard drive] (500.11 GB) - drive 5
    Seagate FreeAgent Pro USB Device [Hard drive] (750.15 GB) - drive 6

    When booting USB auto configuration passes ok.
    Memory check is ok.

    Computer hangs after identifying the four USB hard drives.
    My system BIOS has settings for USB of:
    1.) Auto
    2.) Disabled

    Windows does not launch.
    If I disconnect USB hub system starts without a problem but then
    I do not have the hard drives running.

    I can plug in USB hub after Windows has booted.
    Windows then detects them.
    Disk Management sees hard drives.
    All hard drives are NTFS.
    Any ideas how to resolve this issue?

    Would it help do split the external USB drives up & use a second USB hub?
    I await your reply.
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,332   +101

    Mmm, I'm thinking resource conflict. Check the IRQ assignments for your devices.
  3. mattb2e

    mattb2e TS Rookie

    Is it possible that your Bios cannot detect USB hard drives connected to a hub? Try connecting one or two of those externals to the motherboard usb jacks and see if it will boot.
  4. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    Yes, I agree with mattb2e... be sure you are booting to the motherboard jacks or to a USB PCI 2.0 card, and not to the front or alternate USB slots... sometimes they are not adequately powered.

    Also, are you using WXP Service Pack 2... that is pretty much essential on that configuration.
  5. florida_floyd

    florida_floyd TS Rookie

    I have a similar problem running Windows Vista Ultimate 32 on my EVGA 680i SLI. The system "hangs" on the POST while "detecting IDE" devices or drives for about 20 or 30 seconds, then spends 3 or more minutes on the Windows "splash" screen. After booting, the computer runs fine. This started happening after tinkering with some of the settings in the BIOS. I've updated the BIOS since, but the machine still behaves the same way. (it used to be completely booted, up and running in about 30 seconds) I will mess with it a little more tonight after I get home from work, and try to figure it out. I may go with all defaults and see what happens. If this resolves the issue, I'll let you know... if not, I may need some help from someone. Thanks, Florida_Floyd
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

  7. sumatra

    sumatra TS Rookie

    Windows doesn't launch w/ USB hub either...

    I'm having the same problem as well with my Belkin hub with separate its own power supply. MOBO:p4M80-M4 ... except the only device I have plugged into the hub is an i-pod. In response to the suggestions that followed the original post, i have the hub connected to a rear port and not one the front ports. Any and all suggestions would be appreciated.
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,166   +986

    First try connecting the USB device directly to the system without the hub.
    I've seen hubs that interfere with the device discovery process ...
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