Problems after rebuilding computer.

  dannypearson 10:47 01 Jul 2008

I rebuilt my computer on Saturday. I added a 15gb hard drive to my girlfrind's old motherboard and processor, then added my AGP graphics card, firewire PCI card, RAM, and a new SATA hard drive which is attached to a PCI RAID controller. I also added my girlfriend's old sound card.

I installed windows on the 15gb drive, and have managed to get most things up and running properly.

However, I have had major problems with the internet and sound card.

I went on another forum and was advised to download a program called belarc, which scans your computer - here's the results......

"Operating System System Model
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600) ASUSTeK Computer INC. A7N8X-X REV 2.xx
Enclosure Type: Desktop
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
2.25 gigahertz AMD Athlon XP
128 kilobyte primary memory cache
256 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: ASUSTeK Computer INC. A7N8X-X REV 2.xx
Bus Clock: 166 megahertz
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD ASUS A7N8X-X ACPI BIOS Rev 1005 05/14/2003
Drives Memory Modules c,d
1222.59 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
760.98 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space


QUANTUM FIREBALLlct15 15 [Hard drive] (15.02 GB) -- drive 1, s/n 612022536053, rev A01.0F00, SMART Status: Healthy
ST375033 0AS SCSI Disk Device (750.15 GB) -- drive 0
WDC WD1600BB-00RDA0 [Hard drive] (160.04 GB) -- drive 2, s/n WD-WMANM1806714, rev 20.00K20, SMART Status: Healthy
WDC WD32 00JB-00KFA0 USB Device [Hard drive] (320.07 GB) -- drive 3 2048 Megabytes Installed Memory

Slot 'DDR1' has 1024 MB
Slot 'DDR2' has 512 MB
Slot 'DDR3' has 512 MB
Local Drive Volumes

c: (NTFS on drive 1) 12.08 GB 7.05 GB free
d: (FAT32 on drive 1) 2.93 GB 2.15 GB free
f: (NTFS on drive 0) 750.15 GB 690.53 GB free
g: (NTFS on drive 2) 137.44 GB 51.40 GB free
h: (FAT32 on drive 3) 319.99 GB 9.84 GB free

Network Drives
None detected
Users (mouse over user name for details) Printers
local user accounts last logon
Lobes 29/06/2008 15:20:32 (admin)
local system accounts
Administrator never (admin)
Guest never
HelpAssistant never
SUPPORT_388945a0 never

Marks a disabled account; Marks a locked account Microsoft Office Document Image Writer Driver on Microsoft Document Imaging Writer Port:

Controllers Display
Standard floppy disk controller
NVIDIA nForce2 ATA Controller (v2.6) NVIDIA GeForce 6200 [Display adapter]
COMPAQ MV720 [Monitor] (16.3"vis, s/n 004CE48AVJEK, January 2000)
Bus Adapters Multimedia
VIA VT6421 RAID Controller
NEC PCI to USB Open Host Controller (2x)
Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller (2x)
Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller (2x) MPU-401 Compatible MIDI Device
Standard Game Port
Communications Other Devices

1394 Net Adapter
Accton EN1208 PCI Ethernet Adapter
NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller
Physical Address: 00:0C:6E:8C:6A:E8
Texas Instruments OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
Acronis True Image Backup Archive Explorer
Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
PS/2 Compatible Mouse
USB Mass Storage Device
USB Root Hub (6x) "

I've tried installing the drivers for the motherboard, the built-in sound card and the extra sound card, but to no avail.

I managed to solve the internet problem by running a program called "Winsockfix". However, while surfing the internet my computer froze. I restarted it, but now it freezes at the windows start-up screen every time.
I've tried logging in in safe mode, but it freezes.
I've tried logging in using the last known settings that worked, it freezes.
I've tried logging on normally, it freezes.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

  iqs 10:54 01 Jul 2008

When you fitted the sound card,did you disable on board sound from the BIOS first.
Is the sound card fitted correctly into the PCI slot.

  dannypearson 11:12 01 Jul 2008

I haven't disabled on board sound in the BIOS, I'll have a look when I get home from work.
The sound card is fitted correctly in the PCI slot, but the computer hasn't been finding it.

Any ideas why it's not getting past the windows screen when I'm booting up?

  brundle 11:31 01 Jul 2008

Is your PSU up to the job? That's quite a lot of kit

  dannypearson 11:32 01 Jul 2008

it's a 2.25 gigahertz AMD Athlon XP, would that be ok?

  brundle 11:34 01 Jul 2008

PSU=Power supply unit. How many watts is it rated at? Disconnect all but one HD and optical drive and see if it works.

  dannypearson 11:41 01 Jul 2008

I'll give it a try when I get back from work. It was working fine, but I'll give it a go. Cheers!

  iqs 11:59 01 Jul 2008

is the card fitted when the computer 'it's not getting past the windows screen when I'm booting up?.

If yes,remove and try without

  dannypearson 12:13 01 Jul 2008

I'll try that as well, thanks!

  dannypearson 17:17 01 Jul 2008

Thanks a lot guys!
I unplugged everything except for the drive windows is on and it started fine, guessing I need a new PSU.

I've also taken the additional sound card out as it wasn't being detected by the computer, restarted and then enabled my on-board sound card (bloody thing's never gonna work if it's disabled is it!!) which is working fine now.

Problem solved, thanks again!!

  dannypearson 09:56 08 Jul 2008

Hi guys, back again!!
I bought a new 600w PSU to replace the 400w PSU I had before. I used an online power consumption calculator (can't remember where from off the top of my head), typed in all the components I have installed and it said my power consumption was about 350w, so I thought 600w would be more than enough.

I plugged the 500gb IDE and new 750gb SATA drive back in and had the same problem, stalling on the windows start up screen.
I tried unplugging the IDE drive, and the computer loaded up but wouldn't find the SATA drive. It's finding the PCI RAID card, just not the drive.

Anyone got any ideas on how to fix this? I'm getting quite worried, as when it did find the SATA drive (before it froze) I copied all of my music across to it - I don't want to lose all of my tunes!

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