Have you considered that maybe your windows install CD is damaged? I have worked on a couple of comps where windows installed, but upon booting after installion the computer was extremely unstable. Turned out the install CD was scratched to hell.
1. Download some Linux live distro, and run it. If boots you can rule out your mobo, cpu, vid card. 2. Download memtest, and run that. Run for a hour or 2, and if no errors are present then it is not a memory issue.
Alright, tried it with just one stick of ram (512 mb), my hdd, one cd drive, and my video card. No sound card, no extra cd drive, no floppy drive. There's no "fail safe" CMOS setting, rather there's optomal and best preformance settings. It freezes before it gets through the setup files when booting from cd with optimal. And with best preformance it actually booted from the hard drive! Then as it was going through the loading winxp screen, it rebooted the comp. Now when I try it again, it goes back to the thing it used to do, for booting to hdd or cd drive * Homer Gonerson is confused.
I would guess power issue based on that. It sounds like your PSU just isn't getting enough power to everything that needs it. Borrow a 24 pin PSU from a friend if you can and see if that helps any. If none of your friends has one you can borrow, see if you can find a 24 pin PSU at a local store with a good return policy, so if it doesn't fix the problem you can return it and not be out the money.
Power supply issues can often have really weird results that you wouldn't at first associate with a power supply. When I had a power supply problem, my computer would only crash if I was doing anything very memory intensive such as some games (Battlefield 2 and Everquest to be exact), running lots of programs at once, or even running a virus scan. Running more video intensive games that don't rely as much on ram (such as Unreal 2004 or Doom 3) would work just fine with no issues. Of course, my first thought was the ram, but after swapping that out I still had the problem. My next thought was a virus, but a complete format and reinstall didn't correct the issue. I tried disconnecting unnecessary items and uninstalling their drivers (sound card, TV tuner card, extra hard drives, extra CD drives and floppy drive) and yet still had the problem. Replaced the PSU and everything went back to normal.
Kozmocan you try with your old processor in?
Nope, old one was a P4, this ones an Athlon. The old mobo only suppotred PCI and AGP 4x, 8x. The new one is AGP PRO 8x, and PCI express. Total incompatibilty for testing :uhm:
@ Hmmmdonut: Nope, it's not the disc, it looks fine. I can't install Mandrakelinux 10.1 either, so it wouldn't be just the disc. Also, I can't start it, much less dl a program to test the RAM.
@ Pyroshane and everyone esle too: I did go to Best Buy and their return policy on hardware is 30 days, no matter what. I got the only one i could afford with the cash on me, which was a 350watt :S (jeez they overcharge, a 400 PSU was $80). I hooked it all up with its 24 pins, and it booted, started going through the WinXP thing where it has the green bar going across, the blue one for those pro users, and then it froze. I have now lost video signal. First time this happened it was because my CPU wasn't in all the way, so i reseated it, applied new thermal paste and all that good stuff, and now it's still not doin anything. I put in a plain old PCI card, and still, nothin. It might be the motherboard. I tried it with one stick of RAM, and i haven't had a sound card in this whole time. Oh, I also tried hooking my old PSU back up, and still, no video signal. I'm about ready to take the motherboard back
put your old video card in and give it a whirl.
also, saw this on another forum....
first, press shift + f10, and get a command prompt. Type: taskmgr, and close anything 3rd party. If possible remove anything norton, goback, cd burning software, antivirus.
second, look at the log files. Do shift+f10 again, change to the windows directory (cd ..), and type: edit setupact.log. Look at the last line, it shoud clue you in. If that isnt helpful type: edit setuplog.txt, and again look at the bottom. If your freezing with 1 min remaining, delete the c:\windows\system32\catroot2\ folder and restart
put in the old video card (Radeon 9600xt All-In-Wonder AGP 8x) and still no video. i think im gonna take the motherboard back to fry's on friday or saturday. and i'm not quite sure what you mean by pressing shift+F10, then all that other stuff . i have no video signal, so i can't see what i'm doing. :confused:
Sorry to revive a semi-dead thread, but it can now be closed :) I have an important announcement... It's working! In fact, I'm using it now to type this. Thank you everyone (mainly kozmo for sticking around so long)! The defective motherboard has no enemies. I took the motherboard/cpu back to fry's today, and I doubted it being the CPU, but I exchanged them both anyways, just to be safe. Slapped in the new parts, powered it on, and what do you know? First time's a charm.
Congratulations! Always great to get everything working the way it should be.
nice! glad to hear it