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27 Mar 2010   #101
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

A lot of us have re-read this thread many-many times. So I am posting the specs we know again.

Below is the setup:

Motherboard: Biostar TA790GXE 128m
CPU: AMD Athlon II x2 255 Regor 3.1ghz am3
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 sata 500gb drive
DVD: Sony optiarc 24x DVDR sata model ad-7240s-ob
Mem: OCZ 4gb (2x2g) 240 pinn DDR2 SDRAM 1066(PC2 8500)

DVD & HDD are hooked up using SATA cables.
20" Hanns-g monitor hooked up via HDMI

Win 7 x64 professional install disc


Is there any way we can try another Brand of DVD drive other than Sony ?

Also how about a standard VGA cable from computer to monitor or another monitor with a VGA connection?

Also what is the Video card ?



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27 Mar 2010   #102
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Seems like just about everything has been suggested in this thread. I would remove the DVD drive cable. And just use the usb stick.Also have only the minimum of components. CPU. 1 stick of memory,Video card, 1 hard drive, wired mouse and keyboard. If it fails again I would be inclined to think it's incompatible memory. I just checked and for this MB OCZ is not listed as supported . BIOSTAR :: TA790GX XE :: Memory Support But we all know that just because it isn't listed doesn't mean it won't work, however their are OCZ 2 gb kits on Newegg that have had a lot of bad reviews with compatibility. So knowing the exact modules model #'s would be nice to know. Maybe could borrow a stick of different memory to try from a friend. Your board has Led error indicators led 01 and 02 off abnormal CPU/chipset error>led 02 off led 01 on memory error>02 on 01 off VGA error>both on normal. If the speaker is hooked up then on page 45 in the manual it gives the beep codes. Page 46 Trouble shooting guide. Could be something as simple as a bad SATA cable. Somewhere or some how your data is not being transfered correctly from your image.Your MB site link BIOSTAR :: TA790GX XE :: Specification I know some of this has already been mentioned but thought I'd put in my 2 cents worth. good luck. Fabe
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28 Mar 2010   #103
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

I have a question about the DVD you burned. How fast did you burn it? If it was too fast, then it's possibly corrupted.

Also, this is how my BIOS (setup) reads (Win7 Ultimate x32)

Use Automatic Mode
ATA/IDE <NATIVE>
Configure SATA as <IDE>
S.M.A.R.T. <ENABLE>

SATAPort 0 -ST3500630AS - 500.1 GB
SATAPort 1 -Not Installed
SATAPort 2 -Not Installed
SATAPort 3 -Not Installed

Primary Master Lite-On DVDRW LH ATAPI
Primary Slave Lite-On DVDRW LH ATAPI

You might also click on Advanced/Peripheral Config/ secondary Sata Controller - "disable", if you are using only one hard drive.
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28 Mar 2010   #104
TJ1376

Win 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
A lot of us have re-read this thread many-many times. So I am posting the specs we know again.

Below is the setup:

Motherboard: Biostar TA790GXE 128m
CPU: AMD Athlon II x2 255 Regor 3.1ghz am3
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 sata 500gb drive
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green 500 gb drive
DVD: Sony optiarc 24x DVDR sata model ad-7240s-ob
Mem: OCZ 4gb (2x2g) 240 pinn DDR2 SDRAM 1066(PC2 8500)

DVD & HDD are hooked up using SATA cables.
20" Hanns-g monitor hooked up via HDMI (Have also tried VGA)

Win 7 x64 professional install dvd
Win 7 x32 home install dvd
Win 7 Enterprise install from USB (ISO downloaded)


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
Is there any way we can try another Brand of DVD drive other than Sony ?

Wouldnt the USB install rule out the DVD drive? Also, using www.bay-wolf.com and going to "How To" > "Flash from a bootable USB key," I installed a basic version of DOS from win 98 drivers... DOS boots right up from the USB drive.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
Also how about a standard VGA cable from computer to monitor or another monitor with a VGA connection?

Tried it to rule it out... I have been running a VGA connection since I read the "Install FAQ" on this board that recommended removing it.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
Also what is the Video card ?

Video card is onboard the Biostar Motherboard.
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28 Mar 2010   #105
TJ1376

Win 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
Now the problem sounds like a hardware issue. So far, you have tested both hard drive and RAM.

How about the CPU, motherboard, and PSU? If you are overclocking, stop.

It is not very easy to test the motherboard, but if possible, try running Prime95 on your CPU.
How do I do this without an operating system?

I have been going over the Biostar specs for drivers. I wonder if the problem is my SATA drivers or Chipset driver. (SB Chipset is on version 4. Website lists version 8 as latest)

God bless newegg, but I am really frustrated. The build date on this Motherboard (found out how to read this from Biostar website) is almost 1.5 years ago (pre win 7). Even though the board is Win 7 compatible, it would have to have new drivers to support the advanced functions of Win 7. I want to rule this out, but how do I install new drivers for the motherboard with no operating system? Yes I now have DOS, but the Biostar drivers are made to be installed in Windows (not DOS).

Any thoughts on the onboard drivers causing the problem?
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28 Mar 2010   #106
TJ1376

Win 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thefabe View Post
If it fails again I would be inclined to think it's incompatible memory. I just checked and for this MB OCZ is not listed as supported . BIOSTAR :: TA790GX XE :: Memory Support But we all know that just because it isn't listed doesn't mean it won't work, however their are OCZ 2 gb kits on Newegg that have had a lot of bad reviews with compatibility. So knowing the exact modules model #'s would be nice to know. Maybe could borrow a stick of different memory to try from a friend. Your board has Led error indicators led 01 and 02 off abnormal CPU/chipset error>led 02 off led 01 on memory error>02 on 01 off VGA error>both on normal. If the speaker is hooked up then on page 45 in the manual it gives the beep codes. Page 46 Trouble shooting guide. Could be something as simple as a bad SATA cable. Somewhere or some how your data is not being transfered correctly from your image.Your MB site link BIOSTAR :: TA790GX XE :: Specification I know some of this has already been mentioned but thought I'd put in my 2 cents worth. good luck. Fabe
If the memory was incompatible, wouldnt it have failed the memory test? I used some software (memtest86) off a FAQ on a sticky on this board for the memory test... I let it run for several hours and it passed w/o any issues. If the memory was incompatible, wouldn't we see a failure during the test?

Again, I appreciate any and all help on this. If someone can get me pointed in the right direction on updating the drivers for the Southbridge Chipset and the SATA drivers on the Motherboard, I would like to give that a try before sending the MB back to Newegg and buying something local that I know hasn't set on a shelf for 1.5 years.
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28 Mar 2010   #107
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TJ1376 View Post

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
Also what is the Video card ?


Video card is onboard the Biostar Motherboard.
How about trying to insert the mobo chipset (including video) at the Load Drivers prompt on "Where do you want to install Windows" screen during install?

Unzip to a stick or CD, browse from prompt to make sure they are picked up by installer.
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28 Mar 2010   #108
TJ1376

Win 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
I have a question about the DVD you burned. How fast did you burn it? If it was too fast, then it's possibly corrupted.
Never used a burned DVD. Win 7 x64 Pro is a DVD from Microsoft. Win 7 x32 Home is a DVD from Microsoft. Win 7 x64 Enterprise was an ISO downloaded from Microsoft website and then installed on a USB (no DVD).

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
Also, this is how my BIOS (setup) reads (Win7 Ultimate x32)

Use Automatic Mode
ATA/IDE <NATIVE>
Configure SATA as <IDE>
S.M.A.R.T. <ENABLE>

SATAPort 0 -ST3500630AS - 500.1 GB
SATAPort 1 -Not Installed
SATAPort 2 -Not Installed
SATAPort 3 -Not Installed

Primary Master Lite-On DVDRW LH ATAPI
Primary Slave Lite-On DVDRW LH ATAPI

You might also click on Advanced/Peripheral Config/ secondary Sata Controller - "disable", if you are using only one hard drive.
Only difference between your BIOS and mine is that my DVD is SATA, and so the Primary master/slave is "Not Detected."

SATA 1 is HDD (there is no SATA 0)
SATA 2 is "Not Detected" (nothing plugged in)
SATA 3 is "ATAPI CDROM" with PIO and DMA mode in "AUTO"
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28 Mar 2010   #109
TJ1376

Win 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post

How about trying to insert the mobo chipset (including video) at the Load Drivers prompt on "Where do you want to install Windows" screen during install?

Unzip to a stick or CD, browse from prompt to make sure they are picked up by installer.
I tried this before (off the CD that came with the MB) and Win 7 said no drivers found. After you suggested the idea, I put the DVD in my laptop and browsed around on.. It doesnt have any Win 7 drivers on it. The DVD file structure is broken down to \Driver\Chipset\RS780\ and then only XP and Vista.

But now that I know the DVD is 1.5 years old, I will download the new drivers off the Biostar website, burn them to a USB and try to find them in the Win 7 setup. EDIT: And now the Biostar website is down....
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28 Mar 2010   #110
gregrocker

 

Or try the Vista drivers if there are no Win7.
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