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landa321

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I was having several issues with this PC and decided to strip down and install XP on my new SATA HD. One of the problems that was happening before is still happening, so i want to get everything fixed before i move on.

When i turn on the PC, it takes a while for memory test. First it just says "Mem" for several second, then finally goes into memory test and the memory test comes up ok. I did try this with three different mem chips... same results.

then it hangs at "Memory runs at Single Chennel" for a while. After several minutes, it finally detects the drives, which right now is the new SATA HD ( SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD753LJ 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive)
and my CD-ROM (NEC DVD-RW ND-1300A)
If I hit DEL to get into BIOS, it hangs forever at "Prepare to Enter Setup" it will get there eventually (30 minutes or so) if I leave it alone.

My motherboard is a Gigabyte 8IPE1000-G

Mind you... I am attempting to do a fresh install of XP on to this new SATA HD.
Last night, I was able to get into Windows setup. It did detect the new SATA HD in Windows Setup, but only showed about 13100MB and this HD is 750GB. I decided to stop there and go back to fix the BIOS hang issue first and then move on to the space issue.


oh, and the CPU is P4 2.40GHz
thanks!
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http://www.geekstogo...ut-t221271.html
You really should stick to your original post for this problem. Add info to it instead of creating a new one. Electrons don't grow on trees you know.
There was an issue with Windows only reporting a max of 131GB of space. It was fixed in SP2, I think. You may also want to check the BIOS disk settings.

Edited by 98springer, 21 December 2008 - 01:16 AM.

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sorry about that... thought i would have a more specific topic.

What am i looking for in BIOS disk settings?
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by the way, i tried booting up with two memory sticks in on same color slots.
i got the same results, only this time, I got this error-

CMOS checksum error - Defaults loaded
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update -
i removed all PCI slots and now the BIOS no longer hangs.
what next?
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I have resolved the issue. thanks
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in case anyone finds this by googling, searching, etc....

i removed everything from the system, except for the video card/monitor and one RAM stick.

It fixed the problem of the BIOS page hanging. Memory testing ran very quickly and I was able to go into BIOS super quick.

I then tried every PCI card one by one and everything still worked fine. I now put everything back in and am installing XP on my new hard drive. I don't know what was causing the problem, since everything is back in now and the problem is gone, but that is what I did.
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