Hi I use XP pro with all the upgrades that MS has thrown at us, everything has been working fine and dandy apart from a few months ago when the onboard sound played up and I ended up installing a Sound Blaster card which I had laying around. One or two hickups but nothing too serious until this morning, it would not boot up, when it had nearly finished it locked up, so after a minute or so I rebooted, then it went round and round, almost completing then it would reboot itself. I noticed a quick message about a secondary 80 cable or something, not being connected, yet everything was.
The only way I can get it to boot is to put in the XP pro disc, where is obviously reads serveral files from it etc.I have to leave it in the drive. I cannot reinstall as it tells me that I am running a newer version than the disc.Probably down to all the upgrades.
Then I realised that everything that is installed on the onboard USB ports would not work, so I have had to put them all onto a USB card which i had installed.
Does this sound like the Mainboard is on its way, if not any suggestions??
If I have to change the mainbaord I do not really want the expense of a new processor etc.
Before you start thinking about new MOBO's and as you are getting a message about 80 pin cable not connected (one of your IDE ribbon cables) it might be worthwhile opening up the case and physically removing and reseating ALL connections, including memory chips, ide cables, video card etc. Hopefully that will at least rule out the problem of 'creep' in the component connections.