Hell in a Hot-swap!

  DannyOH 21:00 26 Jan 2005

Hello to the Helproom.

Having absentmindedly hot-swapped once too often, I think I may finally have fried my motherboard. Now I can no longer boot up--not even with a floppy! The boot screen checks the NVRAM, (OK) and initializes the USB controllers (OK).

Then it puts up: "USB devices: 1 mouse".

Then nothing. --Zilch!

Empty black screen.
No ability to enter the BIOS or to take any input.


The problem started with my using MaxBlastst 3 to partition my new Maxtor SATA hard drive. For some unfathomable reason my Windows XP ended up on drive "F:" (!) Not wanting that, I decided to redo the process and rebooted again with the MaxBlast floppy in A: --at which the above problem appeared.

The system is reduced to the bare minimum: 1 (new) hard drive, CDROM, Keyboard, monitor, mouse and floppy, I thought at first it was my CPU (Athlon XP 3200+), but having swapped that for a known good one, the result is the same.

Any ideas guy? Confirmation--or perhaps it could be something else?


  phono 21:20 26 Jan 2005

Have you tried clearing the CMOS settings with the motherboard jumper, with power off of course, and then trying to access the BIOS?

  DannyOH 08:55 27 Jan 2005

No. Hadn't heard--but won't that "wipe out" my BIOS?

  Giant68 09:28 27 Jan 2005

No, this will just reset your BIOS to factory defaults. It may enable the boot process to carry on if you have inadvertantly made some changes to the BIOS


  DannyOH 10:16 27 Jan 2005

Right. Did it--three times, as it happened--but to no avail.

Curiously, it worked the first time--but them I used MaxBlast3 again to wipe my drive partitions and repartition, which apppeared to go ok, but before exiting MaxBlast resulted in an ominous "Unexpected Processor Error", followed by several lines of Geekese.

This had happened before and in the same fashion. Mind you, this time it happened with a known good substitution processor.


  ACOLYTE 13:05 27 Jan 2005

I have one is the Maxblast software faulty? seems only to happen when you use this.

  DannyOH 14:35 27 Jan 2005

Hello Acloyte.

Don't think so--but guess what. I had noticed that the system wasn't recognizing my CDROM drive and so I replaced the cable and the system now boots up normally. Who'd have guessed that that was the problem!

Thanks for yor input--and yours too,phono, and Giant.


  Chezdez 14:44 27 Jan 2005

wow, weird

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