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« on: January 14, 2004, 01:32:46 PM »

PLEASE SUPPLY RELEVANT INFORMATION:
Operating System Version:window XP pro
Problem Application Name & Version:
Problem Hardware Make & Model:Motherboard Gigabyte GA-7VTXE with AMD Althon XP 1600 CPU. IBM 40 Gb Harddisk, Samsung 52x CDROM, TDK CDRW
Error Messages:

My system started to restart by itself one month ago. Recently, started to hang after few hours and unable to reboot. Leave it for one day, can boot up again. 2 days ago, tried using only one CDROM drive instead of 2. Can boot up, but respond very slow, games like Halo, unreal, FIFA cannot play.
Reboot, unable to start windows, show error message:"PXE-E61 Media test failure, check cable"
Change all the ribbon cable of harddisk and CDROM drive, same. Changed Power supply, boot up show:"FDC Failure, Press F1 to resume"
Still unable to start windows,error message
"BIOs in this sys is not fully ACPI compliant....."

Boot with backup BIOs, same problem.
Update BIOs from gigabyte website, unable to flash as system cannot detect floppy and harddisk. Tried booting from CDROM using my windows XP disk. able to boot up, but later show windows halt and the "BIOs not fully ACPI...." message show up.

I am not sure where is the problem device. motherboard, CPU or harddisk.

Appreciate any advice. Thanks.

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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2004, 02:04:51 PM »

Hi,

Your original problem with the system restarting itself sounds like it was heat related. Is your CPU fan spinning and well attached to the CPU?

Is the floppy drive ribbon cable on backwards at one end?

Have you recently had any thunderstorms that may have damaged your motherboard by lightening strike near your home?

Since all errors are motherboard related, I would suspect, if the thing mentioned above are false, that the motherboard may be damaged.
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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2004, 04:36:37 PM »

Thanks. You were right about the floppy ribbon. No more FDC failure. However, still cannot detect the harddisk.
I am planning to buy another moterboard. The ABIT NF7-S.
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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2004, 07:33:55 PM »

Let us know if the new board fixes all your problems!
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