System Reboot following MB replacement

  DwayneDibbley 12:44 02 Jan 2006

Can anyone help?

Have just replaced my motherboard from Intel D875PBZ to Asus P4C800-E Deluxe and am now having problems with PC spontaneously rebooting after windows has started up (this can be anything from 30secs to a couple of hours, but in particular when running games etc).

Have updated the system BIOS with the latest version with same result.

After reboot I get a 'Windows has just recovered from a serious error message'.

Any ideas?


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:09 02 Jan 2006

Have just replaced my motherboard

This is your problem windows divers are setup for the old board.

Try a repair install but if this does't solve the problem then you are going to have to back up format the windows partion and do a clean install.

Repair XP by install over the top of existing systm

1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.

2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

3. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.

To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install , press ENTER.

DO NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console).

4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.

5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair.

6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot.

Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears.

Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.

REpair XP
click here

  Stuartli 13:44 02 Jan 2006

I've pointed out a number of times in the forums that XP doesn't always like a new motherboard and that the Repair sequence, as outlined by Fruit Bat /\0/\, should be undertaken from initial bootup after the Bios has been checked to ensure Boot from CD.

It also has the benefits of retaining all the hard drive's contents intact - you might also have to reinstall SP2.

  DwayneDibbley 14:46 08 Jan 2006

Thanks very much guys - that seems to have done the trick!

  DwayneDibbley 19:34 08 Jan 2006

I spoke to soon!

Can you remind me how I format my C drive and do a complete XP reinstall?

  ade.h 19:39 08 Jan 2006

Booting from the CD will give you - in addition to the Repair option - an option to install Windows XP. You press R for Repair - to install, I think it's I, but it'll be listed on the same screen.

  Stuartli 19:44 08 Jan 2006

You initially get the Install option - continue. Then choice of Recovery Console. Refuse. Install again should bring you to Repair option or to continue Installation.

  ade.h 19:53 08 Jan 2006

That's interesting - different from my edition (a very early copy). I get both options plus one other that I can't recall, on the same screen in a blue box. Saying that, I have never had the need to run the CD with an existing installation in place - that might prompt a different path of options.

  DwayneDibbley 19:56 08 Jan 2006

I've tried the repair option (see above) and still have problems - hence need to reformat hard drive and do fresh XP install

  ade.h 20:01 08 Jan 2006

Yes, I read that bit. That's why I suggested how to Install. Doing this should reformat the drive.

Note: on the occasions that I have a hard-drive with an existing OS of any kind, I run a format tool from a floppy on it right away, so by the time it comes to be used again, it is already empty. I don't have first-hand exprience of re-installing XP over itself - in this instance, I cannot guarantee that it will re-format the drive. It may just over-write everything.

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