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#1 saturos01

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 09:26 PM

okay, so here is the general gist of things:
My XP custom built desktop working fine for about a year stopped booting. I tried various things and it started working again. Then it crashed again giving a blue screen of death at the XP start up screen.
I formatted the entire hardrive and reinstalled. It failed once it restarted bsod, so I ran dskchk on it using my roommate's computer.
3 bad sectors, quarantined and formatted once again and reinstalled.
After the reinstallation I was told that ntosknrl.exe was corrupted or missing, so I redid the installation and it booted and XP was running, but when I went to update windows XP to SP3 it found tons of system files that were corrupted.
I could not copy edit or delete the files, there were quite a few, which really confused me being that I had run dskchk, and formatted the hardrive before installing.

From there I tried running Memtest from a floppy and it passed multiple passes with no errors. Still no luck.

I then tried to swap out hardrives with an older one that I had, reformatted that hardrive installed XP, and got the same error that ntoskrnl.exe was corrupted or missing.

We then put a third hardrive in with a working copy of XP on it and then booted it up. It hit the windows 7 loading screen and then bsod'd and restarted.

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM!?!

as far as I can guess, it's my motherboard. I don't really know where else to turn, and also, how would I confirm this?

Any guesses/suggestions on what else I could do?

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 11:17 PM

First off, welcome to BleepingComputer.

When you take a hdd with a Windows OS installed on it that you have been using on one computer and then install it as a master in another computer you are asking for major problems. The excerpt below is from a Intel article which describes in detail what happens. The article also mentions a reference to an article by Microsoft, it can be seen here .

"Moving a hard drive with Windows* 2000 or Windows XP* already installed to a new motherboard without reinstalling the operating system is not recommended.

If a hard drive is moved to a new computer, the registry entries and drivers for the mass storage controller hardware on the new motherboard are not installed in Windows for the new computer and you may not be able to start Windows. This is documented in Microsoft's knowledge base article. This is true even if you move the hard drive to a motherboard with the same chipset, as different hardware revisions can cause this issue as well.

Additionally, moving a hard drive to a new motherboard may not exhibit any errors until you install new IDE drivers. This is because each chipset uses a different Plug-n-Play (PNP) ID to identify it. If you move your motherboard, your registry will have multiple PNP IDs (for the old hardware as well as the new hardware). If there are multiple entries in the registry, Windows cannot determine which hardware to initialize and therefore fails with a STOP error."


One thing that you could do would be to go to the web site of the manufacturer of your hdd and download and run their diagnostic program to determine if you have a problem with your hdd. Give this a try and let us know what you find and we'll go from there.

Edited by dc3, 25 August 2009 - 11:25 AM.

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 11:55 PM

okay, will do. I will be back tomorrow with some results hopefully.
Thanks for the idea! Hopefully we can glean some useful information from it.

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 12:24 PM

hmm, that makes sense as far as why switching hardrives on the motherboard doesn't work. cool.

I downloaded the WD data lifeguard diagnostics and had it run the full test, overnight. In the morning I discovered an error message:

08- Too many bad sectors detected. Test Failed.

I don't think I've ever been so happy to see an error message.

It would seem that the hardrive is the problem, but it just confuses me because I ran a dskchk earlier this week and it completes...think I should zero the drive using WD's software just to see? or is it not even worth it?

I think I may just order a new hardrive and see how a clean install works on a new one.

Do you think I should run some tests on the new one when it gets here to verify there are no bad sectors? And if so, what would you suggest using? I've heard people like to zero the drivers before they install anything on a new hardrive, but I'm not sure how to do it without an OS already on the machine. Dban on a floppy?

Edited by saturos01, 25 August 2009 - 12:50 PM.


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Posted 25 August 2009 - 01:39 PM

The hdd should be ready to go, the installation will format it and then partition it and then install the OS. That's all you need.

good luck

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