Boot Problems and ASUS ASUS A8N-SLI Motherboard and SOUND BLASTER|AUDIGY 2 ZS PCI

Days of frustration on a new system    

 

Interesting problem with Windows XP SP2 licensed for Bare hardware.


Have a brand new ASUS motherboard from newegg.com.

 

Assembled the whole thing and Ubuntu LiveCD, Knoppix 4.0.2 and Windows XP SP2 all

had odd problems.  Most information came from Unbuntu using the 

debugging boot:

 

live DEBCONF_DEBUG=1 BOOT_DEBUG=1


Then it seemed that the controller and the DVD drive seemed to get into a staring contest and I couldn't access the compressed CD file system after that.

Windows gave the following helpful error after say 30 minutes or more:


UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME
 

 *** STOP: 0x000000ED (0x86328900, 0xC0000006, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

 

Turns out the  SOUND BLASTER|AUDIGY 2 ZS PCI OEM was causing all this.

 

Removed the card and things are happy.  

I must have missed something in the instructions

for the card. Very frustrating.

 

Here's the config:

22-144-016HD 500G|MX 7K 16M SATA2 7H500F0 %1
37-116-195MS WINDOWS XP PRO W/SP21
20-146-835MEM 512M|OCZ 184P D400 OCZ400512EL2
29-102-178SOUND BLASTER|AUDIGY 2 ZS PCI OEM1
35-100-007CPU THERMPASTE|ARCTIC SILVER5 3.5G%1
13-131-524MB ASUS A8N-SLI NF4SLI 9391
32-108-270SYMANTEC INTERNET SEC 2006 104300361
19-103-547CPU AMD|ATHLON 64 X2 4200+ 939P R1