This is a Tyan S1854 (Trinity 400) motherboard with a 700 Mhz Celeron CPU and 512 Mib or SDRAM. Connected is/was a WD153BA HD on the primary IDE channel and two CD drives on the secondary channel. It can be booted from the master CD drive, and then recovery console is possible. Unfortunately, nothing that can be done from Recovery Console helps. It gets to 'MuP.sys" or "MvP.sys" (hard to tell a the rate things scroll) and then does a hard reboot. It's probably the very next step that kills it. How can I find out what part of the boot sequence this is and where the error is occurring?
Setting the master jumper on the HD makes the system UNABLE to recognize the drive at all... !? Downloading the WD diagnostic diskette utility and creating one, I find that the drive tests out fine. Replacing the cable makes no difference. It looks like the MB itself has got the problem. Weird that it functions well enough to diagnose the drive, and lets XP try to boot, but just causes it to crash like that. Would a CMOS lobotomy possible help? Is there such a thing as a 'freeware' hardware diagnostic utility that could test my IDE controller and see if it's healthy, and/or figure out what is broken?
Are IDE controller cards still made? Can they be obtained for cheap? Do they cost much performance relative to the usual onboard/integrated IDE controller?
Edited by Alchemist, 22 May 2007 - 12:54 AM.