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04-23-2009 06:07 PM
Hi all, I'm rebuilding a HP Pavilion Desktop a1000a. All I had to do was add a PSU, Intel 2.66GHz processor and hard disk. These items all worked fine in another PC. One compatibility problem I had was the Psu is 20 pin and M/B 24 pin. After some research I was told it will work and to insert the PSU plug into the M/B on the right hand side of the plug leaving 4 plugs free on the left. I will use on board graphics - there is no PCIe graphics slot.
I booted up to install XP Pro and an error appeared in the post..."Microcode Failure...update bios...call HP" I contacted HP and they really didn't want to know except to say I couldn't update bios unless I had a functional O/S. I thought I could do it with USB flash drive or CD..."No" was the answer.
I F2'd to continue out of boot and access CD. Install worked fine right through the process but when reboot time came around I got the BSOD. I've gone through the whole process about 7 times with the same result. Could the fact that I'm not connecting to the M/B with 24 pin power lead be the trouble? It's happened with 3 different hard drives (2 x IDE and 1 x SATA)...every thing happens exactly the same from Microcode failure to BSOD. I could buy a 24 pin PSU but if this isn't the problem it's a waste of money and I don't have access to one to try from another source. I'd really appreciate any input as I'm about to spit the dummy.
04-23-2009 10:24 PM
04-24-2009 12:01 AM
Thanks for your reply. I wish I could update the bios from a floppy / CD and fix it. I'm in a little country town in Queensland OZ and there is only one place I can get a PSU. I asked the guy if I could try one and bring it back if it doesn't solve the problem = NO! (thanks mate)
I don't know the history of this M/B and case. It was given to me because my M/B crashed and as it was socket 775 I thought it would be OK.
Can't understand why XP will install...all files write to disk.. right through setup but when it comes time to re-boot to HDD...SPLAT!
04-24-2009 09:01 PM
I had a brainwave! Could I rebuild my Windows XP installation CD with NLite and incorporate the latest HP bios update .exe file into it?
I once had a bios issue with a notebook where it wouldn't recognise SATA drives. I NLited the files into XP disk and it worked loke a dream.
Any thoughts chaps?