Posted 14 August 2011 - 07:47 PM
This is one of those problems that might involve software rather than hardware, but I'll give it a go here.
First, My system:
Windows XP Pro SP3
AMD Phenom II X3 700e 2.40 GHz
Biostar mobo A780L
4 gb Crucial PC6400 DDR2 mem
2 sata drives 500 GB each
using onboard video AMD 760G ATI 3000
I rebuilt my computer 2 weeks ago with new mobo, cpu, mem, 1 sata drive & power supply (600watts). It ran fine for about two weeks then suddenly would not boot. Could not boot even into safe mode. I had not installed anything (programs or devices) just prior to the failure to boot.
I unplugged all devices (scanner, printers, 2nd monitor, etc) but still could not boot - it seemed as though there was a blue screen just before the computer froze, but it just flashed and I could not see what it said.
Eventually I figured out how to fix the bios so the blue screen would remain in view. Got message: STOP: 0X0000007E ()xC0000005,0X806339C0,0XBA4C3428,0XBA4C3124)
What I have tried so far:
I used the boootcfg /rebuild command from the recovery console, but still no luck. Also ran "fixboot" then I tried doing a "repair install" from my original Windows system disk (actually from a slipstream version with SP3). No luck.
I plugged in my old ide boot disk (which I had cloned to the new sata drive), but got a system file missing eror message. I did a boootcfg /rebuild on THAT drive and AM now able to boot into safe mode - but it won't boot if 2nd monitor or sata drives are plugged into the mobo (and will not start in safe mode w networking)
I have programs installed that were written by acquaintances and are not able to be re-installed, so I hate to wipe the drive (i.e. do a new OS install) - especially if there is a hardware problem rather than a software one (i.e., the mobo) and I'm trying to get to the root of the prob in time to send the mobo back if it is indeed the problem.
I do not have any electronic diagnostic tools - and am completely lost when it comes to such things.
I checked to be sure that everything is securely seated (all plugs, cables, etc)
Don't know if anyone can help, but I would appreciate any that is offered.
PS Microsoft advises that I update the bios, but I'm a little leery of this...