Computer wont boot hard drive *Please help*

Discussion in 'Windows XP / Older OS' started by ctocco, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. ctocco

    ctocco MDL Novice

    Nov 27, 2009
    #1 ctocco, Dec 8, 2009
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2009
    Hey everyone, I understand that the title sounds like a simple problem but let me explain.

    So This computer will boot the windows xp cd, and I go through it without a hitch. It recognizes my hard drive, I can format and partition it, then it copies all the files. But when it goes to restart it just freezes with a black screen and a blinking white line.

    1.) i tested the hard drive and its fine, I even tried with a hard drive I know works, no luck.

    2.) The Bios recognizes the hard drive fine, even did a SMART test and everything was fine. Tried restoring defaults in BIOS and reseting the jumper for the CMOS.

    3.) Tried using different memory,tried on Secondary IDE channel ( same channel as my CDROM and that works fine).

    4.) tried different windows Cds, which I know work.

    5.) tried a windows live cd, it worked and was able to see and manage all the files on the hard drive.

    Only thing I can figure is that maybe for some reason its the motherboard or the onboard hard drive controller, but if that was the case i dont think i would be able to access the hard drive at all. Any advice please email or message me here ASAP. Thanks

    email: curt6208(at)
  2. genuine555

    genuine555 MDL Expert

    Oct 3, 2009
    Is it an asus board ? If so, you need to have the right drivers for the sata controller. generic drivers won't work.
  3. Whiznot

    Whiznot MDL Member

    Nov 5, 2009
    It would really help if you indicated which motherboard you are running.
  4. ctocco

    ctocco MDL Novice

    Nov 27, 2009
    its a compaq with a ASUS A7V8X-LA motherboard, the only reason I didnt suspect RAID drivers was because windows setup appeared to correctly detected the hard drive. Like I said it even made it all the way through copying files but after restart would freeze at a black screen with blinking white cursor. I will try loading the Raid drivers at setup.
  5. urie

    urie Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 21, 2007
    @ ctocco, disable on board sata untill you get xp installed you said you were using IDE.
  6. OmniBlade

    OmniBlade MDL Novice

    Oct 10, 2009
    Sounds to me like you don't have the hard drive you are installing to in the BIOS boot order for some reason though I'm surprised that would be the case after a reset BIOS. Try manually setting the hard drive to be the first boot device in the BIOS.

    It is unlikely to be RAID drivers since windows installer wouldn't recognise the drive to copy file to if that was the case.
  7. ctocco

    ctocco MDL Novice

    Nov 27, 2009
    #7 ctocco, Dec 11, 2009
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2009
    Ya thats why I didnt think of a RAID driver. Problem turned out to be a bad Hard drive, why I ruled this out was because i used the slave out of my main desktop to test it out with, and tried installing windows without repartitioning the hard drive or reformating the hard drive. its finally up and running, thanks for the suggestions.
  8. antidotecrk

    antidotecrk MDL Novice

    Sep 29, 2009
    ASUS' RAID utilities cause all sorts of problems for XP, sometimes even disabling doesn't work however if you get the preinstall drivers from ASUS' website you can bypass all these issues from the get go by using the F6 prompt in the installer.
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  9. mr.dragon

    mr.dragon MDL Novice

    Dec 14, 2009
    disable on board sata and using IDE.
    or you can download windowns XP sata after install!
    good luck!
  10. pritamsingh98

    pritamsingh98 MDL Novice

    Nov 18, 2009
    is ur cd is new maybe some of file of window may not be install .... try with another xp cd