I have what seems to be a problem with Windows, however it could possibly be the motherboard itself. The reason I post it here is because Windows will not work but Linux will... so at the moment it seems to be a Windows problem...
I recently purchased a Syntax SV266AD motherboard. After installing a working compatible processor (an AMD Athlon XP 2200+) and installing the motherboard in my system with my existing hard drive (a Seagate Barracuda 7200 120GB) and video card (a GeForceFX 5600), I discovered that my computer would not boot into the operating system (Windows XP Pro). When attempting to boot, the computer would give me the message "A Disk Read Error Occurred. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart." I tried booting two other hard drives on the system, but got the same error each time. After checking and rechecking my hardware and IDE cables, I reluctantly used another computer to format my Seagate HD in the hope that I could simply re-install Windows to solve the problem. When attempting to start the Windows XP Setup, however, I received a stop message: UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME, with the stop code: ***STOP: 0x000000ED (0x823Cf030, 0xC0000010, 0x00000000, 0x00000000). This is beyond my level of expertise. Since it only happened after installing my new Syntax motherboard, and since it happens no matter what hard drive I try, I suspect it has something to do with the motherboard itself. Strangely, I am able to install Fedora Linux without a problem onto the hard drive while using the Syntax motherboard... are there any known conflict issues between Windows XP and Syntax motherboards that Linux might not have? If this is a known Windows issue (or even not known,) how might I go about fixing it without a working XP installation? (Note: working XP installations on the hard drives from other computers will not boot... I get the Disk Read Error.)
I have read through Microsoft's official KB article pertaining to the 0x000000ED stop message, and have tried the recommended switch to 80-wire cables, but that did not seem to solve the problem.
I'm at my wit's end trying to solve this problem... (my noisy fan problem seems trivial compared to this!) So any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
Thanks in advance!! (My apologies is this belongs in the hardware forum, but I was unsure...)