Xp pro 64 won't boot

Discussion in 'Windows 64 Bit' started by Christopher Cairns, Sep 21, 2005.

  1. I'm sure a few of you out there have had this problem, I have installed xp
    pro 64 on my new system. I have two hitachi 7k80 SATAII running in raid 0
    array, my problem is that I can get it to install and go through all the
    initial setup, but then when I try and boot for the first time into windows
    it stops at the logo display screen with the little blue blocks just running
    across the bar. I have the Nvidia raid drivers which came with the chipset
    version 6.66 drivers, the board in the machine is an asus a8n-sli (Nvidia
    nForce4). The rest is all fairly basic components Geil value dual channel kit
    1GB, sapphire rad x600 (128MB), Athlon 64 3000+ (Venice). Has anyone got any
    ideas how I can round this? Thanks.
    Christopher Cairns, Sep 21, 2005
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    Chamberlin Guest

    Chamberlin, Sep 24, 2005
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    Jean Cyr Guest

    Jean Cyr, Sep 25, 2005
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    Dennis Pack Guest

    I'm using the Asus A8N-E mother board, also NF4, with an AMD 4400x2
    processor. Initially I had the 1007 beta bios installed (A8N-SLI bios
    numbers are different), couldn't get the Nvidia raid to install properly,
    rolled the bios back to 1006. This board just has 2 IDE slots and 4 SATA
    slots. In the bios I enabled the Nvidia raid and selected SATA3 and SATA4 as
    the raid drives then after the reboot I setup the raid array prior to
    loading an operating system. I had the SATA and raid drivers (Nvidia 6.66)
    for both the 32bit and 64bit operating systems on separate floppy discs. I
    had to use f6 during installation and installed both the files on the disk.
    Creating the 64bit disc is only available while running the x64 operating
    system. This wasn't a problem for me because of the beta bios concern I had
    xp32 & xp64 on a separate hard drive which was unplugged during the raid
    installation so that the boot.ini is for the SATA hard drive or the raid
    hard drives is different, which is chosen in the bios prior to booting.
    Using a combined boot.ini for the SATA hard drive and the raid created
    problems. Now whether I'm using the raid array or SATA hard drive all
    partitions are visible in "My Computer" and are accessible for data or
    files. Programs still have to be installed on both the raid hard drives and
    the SATA hard drive. I also have a fourth SATA hard drive that's setup as a
    data drive without an operating system which is also accessible when using
    raid or SATA. I'm using SATA I hard drives not SATA II hard drives because
    of early problems had by others prior to my building this system. If you
    have SATA I hard drives there should be no problems.
    Dennis Pack, Sep 25, 2005
  5. Yet another area where the nvidia drivers have been less than satisfactory.
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Sep 25, 2005
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    Chamberlin Guest

    Well, unbelieveably, I just found a driver that works here:


    I am now fully installed, WinXP Pro x64 on a Raptor 36GB x2 SATA1 RAID 0
    array, with another SATA1 RAID array (Hitaichi Deskstar 250 GB x2) formatting
    NTFS through Windows Explorer as we speak. SO, there is hope.
    When I installed the drivers above, during install I had to OK the install
    of many drivers, since these are not WHQL approved. But they worked, and
    that's the bottom line. Got lots more to install now, but at least I am in
    Good luck
    Chamberlin, Sep 25, 2005
  7. Interesting that the older ones are working, but the new ones are hosed.
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Sep 25, 2005
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    Chamberlin Guest

    Charlie, looking back, there is one possible scenario that may have caused
    the STOP errors besides the driver revisions.... I can't remember exactly,
    but since I had 2 RAID arrays, windows asked me which array to install
    windows on, and asked me to set up a partition on that array.... It however
    never demanded that I partition the other array (although you certainly can
    do it manually at this screen)
    So I am thinking that when windows completed it's install, it couldn't
    properly recognize the unpartitioned array, and it crashed everytime on GUI

    With the drivers above, I carefully reformatted the drives after clearing
    them in the RAID utility, had the wits about me to set up the partion on BOTH
    arrays this time during windows setup, and then install the OS on the first
    array. SO, again bottom line, those drivers do work, and no, at this point I
    am a little reluctant to overwrite the existing drivers with the latest ones
    to see if it was the drivers or the unpartitioned array. What are your
    thoughts Charlie?

    Chamberlin, Sep 25, 2005
  9. the unpartitioned array should not have caused you any issues whatsoever. To
    Windows, they are just an unpartitioned hard drive, and I never partition
    and format all my drives before I install -- I usually deal with all that
    after I get things up and running. For one thing, I like to move my CD/DVD
    drive(s) up high -- first one is always R: on every machine, so I know where
    it is. If I've already made that move, then the drive letters get properly
    recognized and set up as I make them.
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Sep 26, 2005
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    Jean Cyr Guest

    Jean Cyr, Sep 26, 2005
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    Chamberlin Guest

    Thanks for the confirm Charlie, that makes me feel a little better, knowing
    that it was indeed the older drivers that did the trick, and not some
    accidental mistake on my part....

    Chamberlin, Sep 26, 2005
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    Chamberlin Guest

    Jean, the driver rev. that the .rar file is called is 6.56
    the full file name was 6.56_for_F6_install.rar

    Good luck,
    Chamberlin, Sep 26, 2005
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    Jean Cyr Guest

    Thanks. I didn't realize that free accounts were available from planetand.
    Downloaded those and did the F6 install. XP and XP64 now dual-boots just fine on
    my DFI Lanparty NF4 Ultra-D.

    Thanks again
    Jean Cyr, Sep 26, 2005
  14. You don't need to be a "paying" customer. Just need to do a free
    registration. (And you can use a throwaway email address -- there's no check
    against it.)
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Sep 26, 2005
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    Colin Nowell Guest

    There's another BIG plus doing it that way also Charlie... It's a darn sight
    faster setting up and formatting a large hard drive once Windows is up and
    running than it is when actually in the CLI setup routine doing it... :)

    Colin Nowell, Sep 27, 2005
  16. Yeah, MUCH faster! I make my 20 GB partition and format that, and the rest
    waits till we have an OS to do it.
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Sep 28, 2005
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