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Old 03-07-2006, 11:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys well i have a big problem.
I bought a new mobo(asus a8v) and a new cpu(amd athlon 64 3200+)

iI installed everything in my case that i previously had my old mobo and cpu in. when i boot up it tells me primary master H D D not found press F1 to continue. i press it and xp boots up.

my video card is a ati radeon 9500/9700 pro. Everytime i boot up and try to do anything the computer will reboot. i have been using this card for about 7 months now so i know the card should be ok. i downloaded the drivers that was using before on my old pc and when i go to instal them the computer reboots half way through the install. if i go into safe mode the computer is stable and does not reboot. i replaced my vid card with an old nvidia riva tnt2 and the computer works perfectly. so what do you think is going on here ?

I have a 450 watt no name psu . thx guys .
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Old 03-08-2006, 01:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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if you didn't format your HD before installing these new major components then that would more than likely be the reason for your things going crazy.

When replacing a major component like a motherboard, you need to format your hard drive so the motherboard will be working with fresh drivers specific for that board.

considering everything is fine in safemode, I would assume this is what's going on.

Drivers from your previous set up are conflicting with the new hard ware.
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Yes that step is done already. it wasnt done right away because i didnt know to do that but i got advised to do so a couple hours after everything was installed? my that hurt my mobo by not formatting right away. i also used the quick format. maybe i should have used the regular format? thx
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nah, not formatting shouldn't hurt your mobo in anyway.

Also, not a lot of people know this, but the only difference between a quick format and normal format is the 'check disk' function that checks the HD for errors. Generally if your HD isn't acting up in any way a quick format is just fine.

However, if you had your computer for a while and it got fairly cluttered and you hadn't formatted in god knows how long then yes perhaps a normal format is more instore but I wouldn't think that'd be causing you these issues.


Instead of using those old drivers, you should check ATI's website and get the most up-to-date drivers.

Can't guarantee you either of those will fix your problem though. It's one of those where I need to be there to really help out.
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Old 03-08-2006, 11:34 AM   #5 (permalink)
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yeah thats true. my pc has veen formated about 3 weeks ago lol. i don't know what to do i have ran out of ideas. so either i have to take my pc in to a tech and see what he sais or i can buy a new vid card and see if that works. if it doesnt work then i know. hmm maybe its my cheep 450 watt power supply?
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