CPU: AMD Athlon 4200 Dual Core
Motherboard: ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe
Video Card: Gainward Nvidia Geforce 8600GT
Power Supply: 500W
500GB for operating systems
1TB extra storage
Everything has been working fine until today, when I discovered by trial and error that I could only boot into XP by disconnecting the 1TB HDD. With both HDDs connected, the computer hangs during boot up every time I try to boot into XP, but I have no problems booting into Linux.
Trying to boot in safe mode, when it hangs, the drivers at the bottom of the screen are either aswRvrt.sys, aswVmm.sys, or most often Mup.sys.
The power supply and both of the hard drives are only a few months old, and the motherboard and video card are around 10 years old.
I initially thought this might be a software issue, so scanned the Windows partition for viruses using F-Prot on Puppy, then tried renaming aswRvrt.sys and aswVmm.sys which I think are antivirus software files, and swapped Mup.sys for one from an old and failing but still accessible HDD that also has XP installed on it. Renaming aswRvrt.sys and aswVmm.sys just led to it getting stuck on Mup.sys, and swapping it for another Mup.sys didn't make any difference.
It was only when I eventually started disconnecting the hardware to see if I could narrow the problem down, that I discovered it booted into XP no problem with the 1TB HDD disconnected. So I have now returned all the files I changed to their original status, and am left with not being able to boot into XP with the 1TB HDD connected.
I am wondering if at least part of the reason it boots into Linux but not XP with both HDDs connected, is because the 1TB HDD isn't mounted by default in Linux; but after booting up I can mount it and it seems to work fine.
I am not particularly bothered with XP itself, and only normally boot into it because I haven't got round to changing my email application from Outlook Express to something on Linux, and only plan on keeping XP for a few games that I only play on the odd occasion. But whatever the problem is I would rather fix it than work round it, in case it's the start of a bigger problem.
Any advice on what to do from here would be appreciated.
Edited by Al1000, 23 July 2014 - 03:53 PM.