i bought this k7s5a mobo, 512mb ddr, approved PSU, k7 xp1800+ processor and a 60gb. 7200 western digital HDD. i partitioned my HDD in 3 and installed windows XP. EVERY time i switch the pc on and it comes up unmountable boot volume. occasionaly i can get running smoothly. ive done everything i know,reformatted/reinstalled win98/xp, also ran SpinRite 5.0 everything TOK. and come to the conclusion that its something to do with the Mobo. PLEASE any suggestions??????????
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I am having a very similar problem to this, sometimes it boots fine and finds my plextor cdrw, 120g WD drive and my IBM 10g drive.
Sometimes it doesnt find any of them and sometimes it only finds 1 or 2 of them. This problem is really puzzling me and Ive tried several different cables all with the same results. I am at a lost end.
Also the machine wont restart from windows, I have to do it manually which also (for some strange reason) takes 3/4 attempts at best..
If anyone knows what this problem is please let me know, If it is to do with a bios update surely the default bios should be able to handle using both IDE ports.
Ooh also just to let you know, in the bios both of the IDE channels are selected so its not that.
Exactly how did you partition this drive?
And how did you install the OS's.
There is a certain way this needs to be done.
Microsoft recommends installing OS's in this order:
You'll be overwriting your existing MBR and make sure you have a partition set to active.
i am a newbie to this forum, i have the same problem with the unmountable boot volume on my laptop, i have used the boot up disks but when i get prompted to type in ''chkdsk /p'' once i press return a error messgae comes up and the laptop switches itself off. any ideas apart from setting the damn this on fire?
I have the same problem, but is imprevidible, yesterday my pc is working good, but today I can restart my pc. Is the HD broken? Can I use the "chkdsk /p" comand to resolve my problem? I have important data on Hd and I can't lost them because I have no copy of them...so I like to know if there is risk tolost data...
I am having the same problem as of right now and it's annoying me. My pc worked fine yesterday and when I turn it on today, I am having those problems. Anyways, ima try the boot thing and see if it works.
I am having the same problem an unmountable boot error.
I am attempting to re-install win xp on a newly re-formatted 120g drive
I boot from the winxp cd but before the option to use the recovery console I get the unmountable boot volume error.
This computer was running win xp ok, alas I made the mistake of opting for a fresh install to clear out the drive.. Now I cannot re-install winxp.
Have tried most things.......Nothing woks.. am most frustrated.....
Have tried reformatting the drive using fdisk... using partition magic.... what else can I do...???????????
Please help if you can.....
Have you tried a LIVE CD OS from linux?
You can wipe the drive and create a new boot sector.
You may want to consider switching operating systems.
The LIve CD will not install on your hard disk, it will simply run in the RAM
I have left a link below i recommend a Linux OS LIve CD called insert, you will have maximum control over your drives using this!
If you go for a OS change have a look at Ubuntu Linux of Kubuntu depending on the interface you like.