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Windows XP stuck in Reboot cycle


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#1 The Punisher

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 12:48 PM

K so a bit history first, I had an asus P4S800X motherboard, it did not have a SATA port so to install a new DVD Burner i just bought i had to get a motherboard with a SATA port.

My power supply was also making a lot of noise so i decided to change that as well.

So i found a used intel D865 motherboard along with an intel Pentium4 2.8Ghz processor and i also bought a used power supply. All of them were checked for an hour in the shop and gave no problems.. now when i installed in in my system. this is the configuration I have.

Sata 1 has the DVD Burner, Primary Mater has the hard drive (PATA/IDE), Secondary master and secondary slave have a CD ROM and DVD ROM respectively (both of them PATA/IDE)..

I installed all the cables according to the manual..

now the problem is that windows xp wont load, it is stuck in a reboot cycle, the time it is supposed to show the windows xp logo it just reboots.. i cant even start it up in safe mode.

I also have linux installed as dual boot and the computer can start up fine in linux.. but windows is giving the problem here.

any idea how I can fix this?

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 02:37 PM

K so a bit history first, I had an asus P4S800X motherboard, it did not have a SATA port so to install a new DVD Burner i just bought i had to get a motherboard with a SATA port.


If you still have that motherboard, you could get an E-IDE expansion card that converts the E-IDE Bus to the SATA interface.

It connects to an unused connector on your E-IDE cable and if the channel is used by another E-IDE device, one is set as MASTER the other as SLAVE.

Make sure the coverter you choose supports your system's BUS speed.

These cards are called E-IDE to SATA converters.

There are also cards available that plug into the PCI slot, which converts to the SATA interface.

In most cases you will need to purchase a power connector that fits the SATA device's power socket.

With that said. I will research your problem with your Intel D865 motherboard and try to get back to you ASAP!
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Posted 10 February 2010 - 02:43 PM

thank you bruce,

and no i don not have my old motherboard anymore :thumbsup:

also I would like to add that I did a windows xp repair install from the cd and even that did not help.. i have the same problem

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 10:04 AM

i performed the repair install the second time and this time it worked.. so my system is fixed now.. this topic can be closed.




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