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Os Won't Install On Asus M3a Mb W/ Amd64 Phenom Cpu


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#1 franklovecchio

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 04:34 PM

I have tried to install two OS's with no avail- Ubuntu 7.10 64 bit version and Windows XP 64 bit Professional.

The Ubuntu amd64 desktop install cd loads up - I select the first option, start or install Ubuntu - the splash screen appears with the nice little logo and loading bar - then the computer freezes. Sometimes the orange loading bar goes quickly across the screen for a second, sometimes the orange loading bar doesn't appear at all. Either way, FREEZE.

I've tried using the "hdep=disable" (or something along those lines, i forget now) in the boot options, but that didn't work. I also disabled the splash screen to see if I could get an error message of some sort - when I did this, the last outputted line is "mounting root file system... ..." and the nothing.

I have also tried installing a copy of Windows xp64 Professional, but that seems to keep freezing the computer and I can not get a full install to happen. Once the initial files are installed, the computer will restart and boot up the windows install splash screen. The old 39 minutes left of installation appears, but it has never installed past the 14 minutes remaining mark - the computer will restart.

I did a RAM check using the ubuntu cd, and everything checks out fine. Is this a jard drive problem? SOMEONE PLEASE HELP!!! All the hardware is new, so maybe something came broken.

I'm going to try to boot up a USB Ubuntu Device, but that's going to take a little bit of time to configure the device.

Here are the computer specs:

Motherboard: ASUS M3A AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD
Brand-ASUS
Model-M3A
CPU Socket Type-AM2+/AM2
CPU Type-Phenom FX / Phenom / Athlon 64FX / Athlon 64X2
FSB-2600MHz Hyper Transport (5200 MT/s)
Chipsets
North Bridge-AMD 770
South Bridge-ATI SB600

CPU: AMD Phenom 9500 Agena 2.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache
Socket AM2+ 95W Quad-Core Processor
Brand-AMD
Processors Type-Desktop
Series-Phenom 9000 Series
Model-HD9500WCGDBOX
CPU Socket Type-Socket AM2+
Core-Agena
Multi-Core-Quad-Core
Name-Phenom 9500

RAM: CORSAIR Dominator 4GB(4 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2
8500) Quad Kit Desktop Memory
Brand-CORSAIR
Series-Dominator
Model-QUAD2X4096-8500C5DF
Type-240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM
Capacity-4GB(4 x 1GB)
Speed-DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
Cas Latency-5
Timing 5-5-5-15
Voltage-2.1V

Video Card: PNY VCQFX1500-PCIE-PB-V Quadro FX1500 256MB 256-bit GDDR3
PCI Express x16 Video Card
Brand-PNY
Model-VCQFX1500-PCIE-PB-V
Interface-PCI Express x16
Chipset Manufacturer-NVIDIA
GPU-Quadro FX1500
PixelPipelines-12
Memory Size-256MB
Memory Interface-256-bit
Memory Type-GDDR3
DirectX-DirectX 9
OpenGL-OpenGL 2.0
DVI-2
TV-Out-HDTV / S-Video Out
VIVO-No

Power Supply: XCLIO GREATPOWER X14S4P4 700W ATX12V 700W Power Supply 100 - 240V
Brand-XCLIO
Model-X14S4P4 700W
Series-GREATPOWER
Type-ATX12V
Maximum Power-700W
Fans-14cm ball bearing fan
PFC-Active
Main Connector-20+4Pin
+12V Rails -4
PCI-E Connectors-2 x 6Pin
NVIDIA SLI Support-NVIDIA SLI Certified

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar GP WD10EACS 1TB 5400 to 7200 RPM
Brand-Western Digital
Series-Caviar GP
Model-WD10EACS
Interface-SATA 3.0Gb/s
Capacity-1TB
RPM-5400 to 7200 RPM
Cache-16MB
Average Seek Time-8.9ms
Average Latency-5.6ms

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 05:24 PM

sounds like a bad optical drive or bad setting in bios for it or the ram?
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Posted 05 January 2008 - 05:39 PM

I tried two different optical drives, so that wasn't the problem. Even though the RAM test worked, I went out on a hunch and started plugging and chugging RAM modules and finally, after allllll possible combinations of leaving two out, I got the computer to boot ! Now to return them.

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 06:46 PM

http://support.asus.com/download/download....s&model=M3A

looking at the bios revisions I would think that might be the problem

they rarely get it right the first time
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