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#1 bigwhitts

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 05:38 AM

My boot logo screen now takes about a full minute to pass, it previously only took about seconds, and when i try to boot from cd it comes up saying:

boot from cd: _

then it stays on that, even when i press any buttons it doesnt do anything.
and i have tried it with xp disk and vista disk, get the same problem so its not the disks.
also i have tried to do an update while the computer is started up but when its copied all the files and has restarted it has a problem updating aswell with both installs.
my computer used to boot cd's without a problem but it is since it is taking about 1 minute to pass the boot logo this problem has started and i dont know why.

My computer specifications from everest which may be relevant are are as follows

Computer:
Computer Type ACPI Multiprocessor PC
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
OS Service Pack Service Pack 3

Motherboard:
CPU Type DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 3000 MHz (15 x 200) 6000+
Motherboard Name Gigabyte GA-M52S-S3P v1 (4 PCI, 2 PCI-E x1, 1 PCI-E x16, 4 DDR2 DIMM, Audio, Gigabit LAN)
Motherboard Chipset nVIDIA nForce 6100-430, AMD Hammer
System Memory 2048 MB (DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM)
DIMM1: Corsair XMS2 CM2X1024-6400 1 GB DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM (5-5-5-18 @ 400 MHz) (4-4-4-13 @ 270 MHz)
DIMM2: Corsair XMS2 CM2X1024-6400 1 GB DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM (5-5-5-18 @ 400 MHz) (4-4-4-13 @ 270 MHz)
BIOS Type Award Modular (03/04/08)

Storage:
IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
Storage Controller AS8W9KR2 IDE Controller
Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
Disk Drive MAXTOR STM380815AS (80 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA-II)
Optical Drive HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-H66N (DVD+R9:10x, DVD-R9:10x, DVD+RW:18x/8x, DVD-RW:18x/6x, DVD-RAM:12x, DVD-ROM:16x, CD:48x/32x/48x DVD+RW/DVD-RW/DVD-RAM)
Optical Drive VGTE LYF8TIZG5 SCSI CdRom Device
SMART Hard Disks Status OK

BIOS Properties:
Vendor Award Software International, Inc.
Version F4d
Release Date 03/04/2008
Size 512 KB
Boot Devices Floppy Disk, Hard Disk, CD-ROM, ATAPI ZIP, LS-120
Capabilities Flash BIOS, Shadow BIOS, Selectable Boot, EDD, BBS
Supported Standards DMI, APM, ACPI, PnP
Expansion Capabilities PCI, USB

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 05:58 AM

one addition i have noticed aswell is that the ide channels on the start up have changed, they are as follows:

ide channel master 0 EMPTY
ide channel slave 0 EMPTY

ide channel master 2 EMPTY
ide channel master 3 EMPTY

ide channel master 4 DVD DRIVE
ide channel master 5 HDD DRIVE

im sure they used to both be on the top two channels :/ not sure

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 06:37 AM

Its finally working, it was to do with the ide channels, i changed the sata connections on the motherboard from ide channel 4/5 to 2/3 and it is working fine now.

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 06:41 AM

Well spotted. Gremlins in the box mucking about with your cable connections?

Never mind ... it happens to the best of us.

Good luck.
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