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I have just purchased a brand new motherboard bundle, installed into the old case with the old PSU and the old HDD. I can get into the BIOS, but whenever I try to boot from the HDD, it just sits with the fans going, but nothing is displayed.
The moniter works (tested with another machine), and I'd hope there are no problems with the motherboard, CPU or RAM because as I said I only brought them today.
The only things I can think of are:

  • The PSU's motherboard connector is a 20-pin, and the motherboard has a 24-pin connector (not a problem with the previous board)
  • The OS is not supported (doesn't seem likly to me, but possible I guess)

Here is my system configuration:

  • Motherboard: ASUS F1A55-M le
  • CPU: AMD APU A6 3500
  • HDD: 1Tb SATA
  • RAM: 4Gb DDR3
  • OS: Ubuntu Satanic v666.9
  • PSU: Winpower ATX-400 (this thing is REALLY old)

If anyone is able to offer a reason as to why this is not working, or a possible solution, it would be greatly appriciated.

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Does the PSU have one of those 4-pin connectors? It's probably hanging off the 20-pin connector if there is one, that goes into the last 4 pins on the mobo. Can you boot from anything? For example, could you boot from an install CD or live USB key? – ChimneyImp May 31 '12 at 19:43
Does your bios detect your hdd? – Mxx May 31 '12 at 19:47
@Mxx yes the HDD is detected. I load the BIOS, select 'boot from HDD', then nothing. – LEGEND383 May 31 '12 at 19:54
So does your BIOS go through the whole post process but gets stuck at the point where it's supposed to be boot from hdd? Can you boot from CD/DVD or USB? That will help narrowing down if this is a problem booting from hdd or booting in general. – Mxx May 31 '12 at 19:57
It actually might be a problem with the lack of pins on the power connector. They are there for providing more current. It is possible the BIOS works, but when it goes to boot, it it being "starved for power." – horatio May 31 '12 at 21:48

The problem is that the drivers that are loading from your HDD are for the old Mobo and are not compatible for the new Mobo. I found this, but cannot confirm the accuracy or reliability:

  1. get a Hirens boot cd
  2. boot into the mini xp Provided on Hirens 3.In the hirens utilities, Find registry tools, and click on FIX hdd controller It launches a dos window, where you select your target root, and choose repair. It seems to delete the old driver out of current control set 00 from your registry, and replace it with generic version.

Good luck!

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The OP runs Ubuntu Satanic Linux, not Windows. – PleaseStand Jun 12 '12 at 21:27

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