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Old 21st May, 2013, 07:06 PM
TrevorS TrevorS is offline
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Just got back to it and was pulling the power supply in anticipation of swapping, but on unbundling the previously unused cables, I noticed it does have an 8pin +12V connector -- always used the 4pin in the past and simply forgot I guess. So, I thought I'd retry with the 8pin and it fired. Retried again with the 4pin and it again fired, so I guess there must have been a thermal shutoff on the 4pin +12V rail and it took a very long time to reset.

I returned to the 8pin and tried rebooting into the BIOS, but it kept getting stuck and so I did a CMOS reset and that worked. Rechecked the selections and voltages and the voltages are fine. Finally got back to the point of accessing the boot disk, but the behavior hadn't changed except the PS doesn't appear to collapse any more. I can power button shut down after the BSOD and power back up again the same way. So current problem is it apparently doesn't like what used to be a good windows installation. My best guess is a preloaded driver for a different board is causing havoc and so I need to just start from scratch with a clean drive. So that's my next step.

Oh yes, after my processor temp remark above, I guess I should mention it's running a consistent 5C above board temp, so I guess that's actually respectable. Currently that's 35C.

==================================== LATER ====================================

OK, successfully installed the floppy and a temporary SATA DVD drive. First successful boot was off the Windows XP install disc in the DVD drive. On the downside. what was once a perfectly good XP operating system is now being reformatted into oblivion, on the positive side, the new build has finally successfully got through boot and is actually running -- things are looking up !

================================= STILL LATER ====================================

Hit the next problem, but I think this is purely software compatibility issues. Ran the WinXP install disc, and at the final hard drive boot the video falls apart, indicating a problem with the Windows selected driver (testing with a PCI Radeon 7000). Went into Safe Mode and tried to install the Asrock drivers and the All-In-One south bridge drivers seemed to go in OK, but the other installers complain about missing libraries. This procedure has always worked with my older boards (no need to enter Safe Mode), but I guess the modern motherboards won't install with WinXP original (my install disc). So, from Safe Mode, I'm running my Service Pack 2 install (includes 1) and hopefully this will get me back on track. Everything else seems to be OK, checked Hardware Manager and the basic Windows device installation appears to have gone well (even picked up my PCI IEEE 1394 card), big exception being the video driver it would seem.

Sure enough, upon reboot with SP 2 installed, the video came up normally and I can now run the Asrock install CD. Have to remember that, after installing WinXP, use Safe Mode to install the service packs. Time to get back to the drivers !

============================= MUCH LATER ==================================

I'm trying to transition from the PCI video card to the PCI-E card, but am running into difficulties. Leaving the PCI card in place, I installed the PCI-E and a DVI-I to VGA adapter and then went into the BIOS to change the video selection from PCI to PCI-E. I moved the video cable to the VGA adapter, rebooted, and got nothing on the video monitor. I was presuming the board/OS had the ability to generically communicate with the PCI-E card without installing specific drivers first, but since that isn't working, maybe I need to install the drivers while operating from the PCI card.

Installed the drivers, rebooted and the PCI video settings had been set to minimum. Rebooted and set the primary video device to PCI-E and then rebooted again with the monitor cable moved to the PCI-E VGA adapter -- nothing at all on the screen, just a flashing power LED meaning no communication! Also, even if Windows needs the drivers, the board BIOS wouldn't be using them, so it would have to know how to speak to PCI-E video cards if only for boot messages and BIOS adjustment -- so what's going on here? (My first exposure to PCI-E.)

Hmm! The parts just arrived for a build I'm making for my neighbor's daughter and I tried swapping in her PCI-E video card and guess what -- it works, same DVI-I to VGA adapter, same Radeon drivers. Will retry the refurb card yet again, but looks like they sent me a bad card. Yep, bad card, it goes back!
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Last edited by TrevorS; 22nd May, 2013 at 01:40 AM.
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