OBJECTIVE: Originally I was planning to reformat my 120GB Seagate HD, and re-install XP; as I do once in a while as due to windows inherent programing, gets bogged down after a while, with use and all.
After backing up MyDocs, and other important irreplaceable files, ( i know from experience ) I proceded to reformat my HD.
PROBLEM #1 This probably should have been a warning sign, but who knows. Due to Windows' security, reformating the drive windows is installed on has become not as easy as it once was. In order to reformat my drive, I booted the computer into the Windows XP Pro CD, and began setup. Windows detected that a version, new than the cd (SP1) was already installed. I ignored that warning, and proceded to delete the partition XP was on, and format the new partition. The Format of the new partition Failed twice, and the computer would completely shut down power out in the middle of reformating. This being the case, I brought the HD over to a neighbors that has SATA connectors on his mobo. We went through windows and reformated, no problems.
PROBLEM #2 I am now sitting at home with a fresh NTFS 120 GB Sata drive. should be cake to install correct? ha. So I thought. I pop in my XP Pro CD and proceed to install XP. Initally I would need to define drivers for the SATA drive (pressing F6 nornally) but for some reason XP will not let me do this. Pounding F6 has no consequence. I thought this was a keyboard error, yet pressing F2 immediately aftward would launch me into ASR. Hmm. So i let XP continue, and of course it finds no drives installed. It asks me if i would like to install additional drivers, and I say yes, by pressing S. After I pop in my Silicon Image SATA/SSCID floppy, we are running good. Windows starts copying files. When it gets the initial files copied, it starts installing windows core components. Here it also runs into errors, saying that it cannot copy any Silicon Image files (si*.sys ..etc) Hmm, thats interesting, didn't windows just copy those files to detect the drive??? hmmm. Well, I thought, maybe there's a chance it has the files it needs.. so I hit Esc, to skip the files, and it continues installing, and finally reaches the end, and starts to reboot.
PROBLEM #3 Windows reboots, and brings up the Windows XP loading screen. At this point Im' thinking "ok... so it got the drivers it needed." Before getting anywhere the system immediately goes into a blue screen, and halts.
I can write down the stop error numbers, as this same error happens every time.
What Im left to (and I've come here for help & suggestions)
1. - taking my HD to neighbors again and manually dumping all the drivers into /Windows and pretty much every other directory on the HD. Maybe there's a chance manually installing the drivers that were not installed (Silicon Image Drivers) will Help. Maybe not. The computer gets to the Windows XP loading screen, so it must be able to read SATA drives, right?
2. - creating a custom Windows XP ISO. a suggestion from the guy at the techbench who was pretty much useless. Sounds complicated, but i have the resources to do it. Possibly putting the drivers on the XP CD and such would help. I do not know much about this, so help would be appriciated.
3. - I am open for help & suggestions.
I recently pulled the HD from a older working machine (Windows 2000 SP4) and inserted it in. Its a 133 drive, so i thought there would be no problems. Ha. woe was I. The win2000 HD got to the white "loading windows" screen and also came up with a stop error.
I also wrote down the stop errors from the SATA drive
error from SATA drive
STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF7C46640, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)
error from ide win 2000 drive
STOP: 0x0000007B (0xEB41B84C, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000) INACCESSABLE_BOOT_DEVICE
yea. It gets more interesting. At this point I have no clue what to do. My last resort to all computer problems (reformating) is not working out so hot. Any help would be greadly appriciated.
EDIT: I recently reset the MOBO settings, back to factory default (left batt out for like 2 hrs) and rebooted. Still same errors. No luck.
If someone would give me their opinion about installing XP on the drive completely from a different machine. I somehow dont think that would get rid of the bluescreen errors. (but I could be wrong... installing fully and running update and having all the SiliconImage drivers could fix it...) Any opinions/advice/counsel would be greatly appriciated.. I am at a loss what to do with my system, If getting a new HD would replicate the same errors.
Edited by DaveSouth, 25 June 2005 - 11:30 PM.