Asus A7V8X-X booting problem - H.E.L.P. Please !

  Giggle n' Bits 10:45 23 Dec 2003

I have built my new machine with the following spec:-
Asus A7V8X-X Via KT400 chipset, Athlon XP2400 2GHZ CPU, 2x 256MB PC2700 DDR by Crucial, Creative 128MB FX5200 ULTRA AGP x8 Card with power conector, 80GB IBM 180GXP HDD, BIOS Rev.1006 reflashed to cure plug n'play initialisation boot hang.

Ok the problem:- when booting I still get a delay at the white text on black screen in the boot process which shows a full page of stuff like settigns for your Devices IRQ's, UDMA's, where the DDR DIMS are etc.

IS there a setting in BIOS to change to make this screen boot more reliable/quicker to get to the XP Desktop. It jsut seem to take ages to pass this screen.

I once saw a 3rd party AMD site showing how to fine tune the BIOS but I canna find the damn favourite I had in my favourites folder.

Any help really appreciated I may even send you a tin of Mince pies !

  Big Elf 11:08 23 Dec 2003

How long is ages? Mine takes 45 seconds to get through the process before starting Windows (XP). There may be a setting in the BIOS to allow a 'Fast' POST (Power On Self Test).

  Giggle n' Bits 11:34 23 Dec 2003

machines before with the same configuration and on them the boot screen apart from the XP strobe screen was a quick flash but this one seems to stall and have a think. Am I being paranoid ?

Quick boot in the Bios is enabled, SMART is dissabled, AGP fast Write dissabled & also AGP performance is dissabled.

i disconnected the Secondary master DVD Drive & Secondary Slave CD Wrtr and it booted very qucik into XP desktop.

Wonder if the IDE calbe that was supplied with the Asus CDwrtr is dodgy or one of the drives ?

Now going to try the CD Wrtr as master on Secodary.

Back in a mo if I have post.

Merry Christams & Best Wishes Big Elf ! & thank you for your call !.

  ©®@$? 11:38 23 Dec 2003

hmm i built a system with that motherboard, and all i did it set the jumper on the motherboard to the correct cpu and bus speeds, booted up into bios, auto detected ide devices, and set boot devices

and it only took about 30-40 seconds to load to window xp's desktop

  Rennaissance 11:40 23 Dec 2003

isnt there an option is BIOS called quickboot? It might be that.

  Giggle n' Bits 01:37 24 Dec 2003

almost jumper free, just some jumpers for disable the audio, voltage over ride settings.

I have found that when removing the DVD drive as secondary master and putting CDwtr on as secondary master it knocks 20 seconds of & very quick to boot, put back the DVD drive and its back to beeing slugish.

Tried another DVD drive and that does the same, the HDD intermitantly dissapreas in the BIOS when you auto detect it one minute it show and next its gone but it will boot into windows when it does this.

Is my motherboard got a damaged bios or is it haunted ?

  cream. 03:23 24 Dec 2003

Yes I found the same as with your original configuration.

I simply put the cdrw as primary slave and left the dvd writer as secondary master. This coupled with bootvis ( running X\P) produced a very quick boot time.

My original setup was One hard drive with a dvd rom and a cdrw. I now have the dvdrom slave to the dvd writer. Most of my burning is now done on the dvd writer.

With an 80 pin IDE connector on the primary channel, this does not seem to have impeeded the hard disks performance.

  Jester2K 06:48 24 Dec 2003

Have you installed the mobo drivers?

  Giggle n' Bits 09:47 24 Dec 2003

and Jester2k. I have installed the Via 4in1 drivers and also updated with the newer Hypherion ones with change.

Putting the CD Wrtr on Slave to HDD (Primary Slave) really shouldn't be a mesure to undertake even though it is a common way to do it.

By default you should be able to have the DVD a secondary master and CD wrtr as slave to secondary master. I will try it and see if there is a difference and also test the burning process.

  Giggle n' Bits 09:49 24 Dec 2003

I have built many systems using this motherboard and almost identical components with no problem this I why I suspect the motherboard to be at fault.

  Jester2K 09:54 24 Dec 2003

I'll be honest. I once upgraded a PC for a client who asked me to use an Asus board.

All sorts of problems. Mainly the USB ports working, not working, working, repeat....

So i went to another forum (sorry PCA) that had a specialist Mobo section. I ws shocked. Over 50% of postings about problems with Mobos where either Asus or ARock boards and in the Asus section 75% + where about the Asus A7V8X-X (or that rnage of Mobos).

I'd never use one that hadn't been tested before purchase.

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