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Thread: Faulty MOBO? HDD? Driver?




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    Default Faulty MOBO? HDD? Driver?

    My problem started about a month after I put together this build.
    Windows XP all of a sudden started loading real slow at the display screen.
    Once I got in I disabled the Primary, Secondary and Dual Controllers and restarted. Then it will load fine for about a day or two. Then I would have to do it again. Any idea what could be wrong? I have the HDD and DVD Drive hooked up via Sata.

    Thanks in advance for any help.
    Bill

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    Default Re: Faulty MOBO? HDD? Driver?

    Have you ruled out possible virus, malware? Microsoft has a decent scan tool here; Windows Live OneCare safety scanner: Free online tool for PC health and safety

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    Default Re: Faulty MOBO? HDD? Driver?

    Yeah everything came back clean. It's wierd whenever I remove the IDE Controllers in device manager and reinstall them, it works fine for a day or two.

    Under IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers I have 2 Primary IDE channels, 2 secondary, and 2 Standard Dual chanel PCI IDE Controllers. Is this correct? Shouldn't I have sometype of SATA controllers?

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    Default Re: Faulty MOBO? HDD? Driver?

    I'm not that familiar with this MB and AMD. Others here are.
    Is your OS XP, Vista, other?
    Single or multiple HD, RAID?
    If non RAID and you have VISTA, IDE Native mode in the BIOS is fine. You can swith to AHCI but no real benefit is achieved except for hot swap.
    If XP, the drivers need to be installed at setup for AHCI. Same setting if not RAID, IDE Native mode.
    Have you checked if there are updated chipset drivers on the Gigabyte site or any newer ones on the AMD site? If there are have you updated?

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    Default Re: Faulty MOBO? HDD? Driver?

    I did look on the Gigabyte site, there was a chipset driver released 5/6/09, see if there is a later one on the AMD site.
    Gigabyte also released a CPU ID BIOS update on 6/3/09 (F3).
    Also, if you are not booting to a USB device, disable USB Legacy in the BIOS.

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    Default Re: Faulty MOBO? HDD? Driver?

    Yeah I have the latest bios, running XP, non raid with one hard drive. I will download the latest chipset drivers, but I am pretty sure I have already.

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    Default Re: Faulty MOBO? HDD? Driver?

    This happened to me with Vista , I wasn't quite sure what was causing it but a new installation of Vista seemed to have fixed it. You can try a system restore to see if it helps as a last resort.

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    Default Re: Faulty MOBO? HDD? Driver?

    How many items are loading at Start Up? Select Start, All Programs, Start Up. If there is a list, enter System Configuration Utility, Start Up tab and disable unecessary items, especially any HP Printer items.

    Update Chipset drivers if available.

    Basic Bios settings;

    IDE 0 -1 = Auto

    IDE 2 -3 = Auto

    Floppy Disk Drive = Disable if none

    HD Boot Priority = 1st Floppy (if installed), 2nd HD, 3rd CDROM

    Away Mode = Disable if OS is not Windows XP Media

    INIT Display First = If Video Card is PCI set PCI. If PCIE Slot #1 set PEG. If PCIE slot #2 set PEG2. If two PCIE cards slots 1 & 2 set PEG.

    Onboard IDE = If devices are connected to the IDE connector on the MB, Enable. If no devices are connected to the IDE connector (all devices are connected SATA), Disable

    Onboard SATA = Enabled

    Onboard SATA Type = Native IDE

    Onboard SATA Port 4/5 = IDE

    Legacy USB Storage Detect = Disable if not Booting to USB device

    ACPI Suspend = S3
    Last edited by MDDI; 06-19-2009 at 09:17 PM.

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