How long does it sit there? How long did you wait?
I did an update one time and was playing around with some settings and had a similar problem with windows 7. I think the option I changed had something to do with raid configuration. It was VERY slow but eventually got into windows after about 5 minutes.
Try waiting longer to see if it ever gets in. It could be that some of the BIOS settings got changed and windows is trying to install the drivers. You may need to tweak your SATA/Raid settings. Report back and let us know.
Sorry, I don't have any idea.
Maybe some incompatibility with XP?
I'm running Windows 7 x64 SP1 with AHCI drivers too.
I never had this issue with BIOS update.
Did you tried reinstall the chipset information?
You need to put a -overall at the command line to overwrite previous installs.
Ah, one more thing, did you try enter in safe mode and take a look at "event log"?
Maybe there you can find some usefull information.
If it will load into safe mode but not normal mode it makes me think that it is loading something "extra" and that is causing the hangup on loading. Try disabling the "extra" things.
1st thing to try is safe mode with Networking. that way you can rule out the problem with the ethernet being the problem.
I would also try to turn off AHCI and goto "Native" and IDE" as the options to see if that lets you get into normal mode. worse case is that is BSOD and you just revert the changes.
Let us know if you still want to update or just stick with the old bios.
Edit: It looks like with you using bios 5456 that the last time that the SATA RAID Option ROM: 9.x.x.x branch of the RAID controller was used. Do you use a RAID array for your disk drives?
Hi Rafael and Magwua,
Thank you very much for all your ideas and help.
I gave up on this but my son said I must let him try.
After battling for a few days he got it working and upgraded the Bios to 5599 and Windows XP started perfect.
What he figured out is with 2GB memory and the new 5599 Bios XP started 100%.
Adding another 2GB memory made XP not start with 5599.
Here is what he did:
1) He ran the Chipset install "INF_allOS_126.96.36.1999.exe -overall" as Rafael suggested
2) He then removed "Intel(R) System Management BIOS Driver", Why this was there I don't know.
3) Restarted the computer and everything is working perfect with all the memory installed.
So it seemed that this "Intel(R) System Management BIOS Driver" was what was causing all the problems.
Thanks again for all you help, without your inputs I would have been stuck at Bios 5456.
Johan de Klerk