I have never seen anything like it.
I boot up to the Windows XP Home Edition SP1 installation CD. I hit F6 to install my SATA drivers. I select the first option only.
Windows sees my harddrive, formats it, then installs fine. I load Motherboard Drivers, NIC Card, Video Card and Sound Card. I do all the dang windows updates. Everthing loads fine, no conflicts, no "?" in Device Manager. I power down. After a couple of days, I boot my system and I get the following error message:
The Registry cnnot load the (hive) file: \SystemRoot\System32\Config\SYSTEM or its log or alternate. It is corrupt, absent or not writeable.
Cause (From Microsoft website): This behavior can occur if a necessary registry hive file cannot be loaded because the file is corrupted or missing. Registry files can be damaged because of hard disk corruption or some other hardware problem. This behavior can also occur if the driver has damaged the registry data while loading into memory, or if the memory where the rregistry is loading has a parity error. In the latter, turn off the external cache and check the memory chips.
Step 1 - I did the unbelieveable and called Microsoft Tech Support and paid for it. They had me reformat, do a clean install of XP and when I loaded XP they said everything works, nothing they could do.
Step 2 - Called Western Digital. They had me run the WIN DLG program form their website. Select Extended Test and got error message stating cable error reading. I had to RMA my new harddrive, I just got a new one today, loaded it and guess what? Same error message about cable reading error. I am confused. The WD Utility can see my harddrive, provide serial number and the like. My BIOS sees my harddrive. XP must recognize it otherwise why would it format my harddrive and then proceeed to load windows? I tried both SATA cables that came with my motherboard and still can't run this utility. Can anyone else run this that has the WD Raptor Serial ATA harddrive?
Step 3 - I am clueless what to try next. I am posting this same message in the Harddrive, Sound Card, Operating System forums as well. I realize not everything here applies to the motherboard but I didn't want to keep retyping all of this! I am open for any suggestions. This has been going on for a month with no solutions from any tech support I call!
Here are my beautiful new system specs I can't get running!!!:
Asus A7V600 Motherboard (BIOS 1005)
Corsair PC 3200 (400 FSB) - 1GB
WD Raptor 10,000 RPM SATA Harddrive (36GB)
AMD Athlon Barton 2500
Gainward Golden Sample GEForce FX5600 760XP Ultra Flip Chip (128MB)
Audigy 2 Sound Card
Using onboard NIC Card
Samsung SyncMaster 955DF 19" flat screen Monitor