Boot stalling - help please

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I rebuilt / upgraded my main machine last summer - almost because I felt
like it!
Worked fine first time and until last night, then it passed the POST
normally and started to boot OK. Got to the point where XP shows shows the
'sort of' progress bar. HD activity stopped and the 'progress bar' just ran
on and on. I used the power switch to switch off, then tried again. This
time I was offered the choice and booted ok into Safe Mode.

After checking device manager and generally poking around (everything
reported OK), I tried again. Offered the choice, I tried Last Known Good
Configuration. It stalled at same point.

Back in Safe Mode, the Event Viewer, I discovered:
The Driver detected a controller error on \Device\hardisk 2\D

This error was also logged earlier in the day when the machine had booted
without any visible problem. Checking further down the log I discovered the
same and similar error reports going back a month. Some were:
........ Controller error harddisk4\D
........ Controller error harddisk5\D
........ Controller error harddisk3\D

The machine has only 2 HD, C and F
D is a DVD-RW. There is a CD-RW (G) and front panel card readers E,I,J and K

I obviously have an intermittent fault which is becoming more serious.

The next boot was sucessful and I have left it running for about 24 hours
continuous - no problem. So I can send this plea for advice!

I think that when I have the time, in about 2 weeks, I'll disconnect all
drives except C and try re-boot re-boot, add drive, re-boot re-boot in the
hope that I can localise the problem.

Does this seem to be the thing to do?
Is it more likely to be MoBo fault than a drive fault?
How best to check this?

All drives are running on XP drivers.

System is:
Asus P5P800, Pentium 4 3.4GHz, XP Home SP2

C is Maxtor 80Gig, F is Maxtor 300Gig
D is Pioneer DVD-RW, G is Creative CD-RW
E, I, J, K, are front panel card readers

Any advice? I am leaving the system switched on until I hear from you!



Re: Boot stalling - help please

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D\load the hard drive test software from Maxtor.
Put it on a floppy disc, and run the tests on your OS drive.
Sounds like the controller is on the way out.


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