First post, by zilog256
FINAL EDIT: So, long story short, a GOOD SATA/IDE adapter is all you need, don't mess like I did with cheap stuff => get an "IDE2SAT2" Startech card, expensive but worth it
I usually have my way with "any" computer, no matter its generation, but this time I'm stuck, so here I am (long time lurker) 😉
I'm playing around with some of my old computers, but I'm having trouble with a TUV4X.
I have a 40 Gb Seagate Barracuda installed with a W98SE/XP double boot, but the hDD is vibrating, whining and making the loudest noise ever. So I intented to put an SSD, as I always do, no matter how old is the PC, well, at least, we're talking of an Apollo Pro133 chipset, not a 386, so it should be OK ; but you guessed it, it's not.
=> first of all, I made an image of the HDD with Macrium Reflect, cloned it on TWO different 60 Gb SSDs (an old Sandisk, and a "Chinese one"), plugged an IDE/SATA converter on the PC, and booted : W98SE works fine, but XP loads very slowly, and ends in a BSOD (hardware fault). With both SSDs.
=> I then tried an mSATA 120 Gb on a mSATA/SATA adapter plugged on the IDE/SATA one => same thing.
=> same mSATA 120 Gb on a mSATA/IDE adapter => same thing, BSOD / XP.
=> Accepting my defeat, I then tried to INSTALL a fresh XP on those 2.5' SSDs and the mSATA => I get a "can't access \WINDOWS directory etc" at one point....
=> I changed the optical drive, IDE ribbons, same thing.
=> I now try to make a fresh install on a 80 Gb 2.5' IDE drive (with 2.5'/3.5' IDE converter) => works flawlessly...
So the problem is that no matter what kind of SSD I try, something goes utterly wrong.
Of course, I removed any overclock to ensure stability (the PCI clock was at a mild 37 Mhz instead of 33 Mhz, but let's not add " unnecessary uncertainties"
Any help or idea appreciated, really!