I recently upgraded my computer. Kept my old IDE HDs, sound card, PSU, and CD drive. Specs on the machine are as follows:
-MGE XG Vigor 500W PSU
-Gigabyte 8GPNXP Duo mobo
-Kingston KVR533D2N4K2 2GB kit RAM
-P4 3GHz 530J CPU
-Maxtor 6L200MO SATA HD
-Three Maxtor 6Y080P0 HDs
-Samsung SW-252B CD-RW
-M-Audio Delta 66 sound card
-Sapphire Radeon X550 128Mb PCI express 16
Initially tried hooking it up with my old IDE HDs, but the existing Windows XP Pro install from my old machine wouldn't start properly with all the new hardware, even after doing a repair install. (Got close with the repair install, but it would hang up and give me this lsass.exe. Found a little bit of info on that on Microsoft.com and other places, although it's confusing in that this can either be a legitimate Windows problem or the sasser worm.)
So I got the SATA HD to install as my system drive. Figured I'd start fresh.
The motherboard is a Gigabyte, and it's got a slightly weird setup. It has a single true IDE port (IDE 1). It also has two more separate IDE ports (IDE and IDE 3) that are controlled by a separate RAID controller, so you can set up some IDE HDs in a RAID configuration or you can set it to ATA and have them all function normally. It also has four SATA ports.
Yesterday, tried hooking everything up. SATA was going to be the system drive. On IDE 2 had a master drive and a slave drive. On IDE 3 had my CD drive as master and another HD as a slave.
No problems in startup or in BIOS—it recognized all the drives just fine.
Ran Maxblast and partitioned and formatted the SATA drive (but not the others, I DO NOT want to lose any of the data on them). Maxblast had no trouble recognizing all the drives either.
Booted and went to load Windows XP Pro. Hit F6 during startup to add the RAID controller driver for those IDE drives and also the SATA AHCI controller, just in case.
No dice. After all the drivers finished loading, I got a BSOD. Googled the first error code number sequence inside the parentheses and got just one discussion on a forums relating to this problem. But this guy's solutions didn't work for me.
The error code was 0x0000007B (0XF78DA63C, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000).
I tried fiddling with things and nothing has worked. Tried clearing the CMOS with a jumper. Tried taking out the motherboard battery. Tried a couple times unseating the memory and putting it back in. Tried with the IDE drives disconnected and just the SATA hooked up and the CD drive connected to IDE 1 (the "true" IDE port without a separate controller).
Nothing worked. Tried zero filling (quick, not full) the first 63 sectors of the SATA drive to erase anything. I tried using an old Seagate 4 gig HD, with just that and the CD drive connected, to install windows to. Still the same BSOD crap.
Although I got a slightly different error code eventually. Though googling it still got me nowhere. And neither of the error codes return any hits when you search Microsoft's website (except for the number sequence outside the parentheses, i.e. 0x00000007B).
New error code was 0x0000007B (0XF78D663C, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)
I figured next I'd try memtest86+ to see if the memory's OK. And I may try zero filling the entire SATA HD. Beyond that, I'm stumped.
But I can't figure out what else it'd be. Unseating the memory should clear it, so there can't be any way for the BIOS or the memory to be infected with a virus or a worm, right?
I tried all the various configurations in the BIOS, such as setting the SATA controller to RAID, then to AHCI, then to disabled (installing appropriate RAID or AHCI drivers at Win setup F6 phase each time). Tried BIOS defaults. Tried it with the GigaRAID ATA RAID controller enabled in ATA mode and disabled (also loading ITE8212 drivers at F6 setup prompt).
Anyone have any answers?