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Old 13th December, 2002, 08:25 PM
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System won't boot.....

Here is my setup:

Epox 4PEA+ / latest BIOS
Intel P4 2.26
Corsair XMS3200 512m CAS2
ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
WD 120 gig SE
Koolance watercooled
430w PS

The problem I'm having is that my system won't boot. First I tried loading a clean install of XP. The computer would not get past the initial formatting of the HD, it would just reboot. So I tried to install WinMe, it did reboot a few times before it finally installed on my HD. But when it came time to reboot the system so Windows could configure itself to my computer it just powers off completely.

I tried the fail safe mode in BIOS but that didn't work….the CPU temp reading from the BIOS reads 32c.

Could someone please give me some options to try to help me narrow down what component is faulty with my system?

The only component that I have replaced was the HD, it does the same thing.
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Old 13th December, 2002, 10:52 PM
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Are you overclocking your setup? If you are, try running it at stock speed.
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No, it's at default setting.
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My hunch machine isn't working today. Might be a good idea to strip the board down to the CPU(with HSF, of course), the Vidcard, and one stick of RAM. If it POST's OK, add one component at a time, and restart the machine with each new component. Hopefully, the culprit will be found this way.
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Old 14th December, 2002, 04:36 AM
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Re: System won't boot.....

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Here is my setup:

WD 120 gig SE


The problem I'm having is that my system won't boot. First I tried loading a clean install of XP. The computer would not get past the initial formatting of the HD, it would just reboot. So I tried to install WinMe, it did reboot a few times before it finally installed on my HD. But when it came time to reboot the system so Windows could configure itself to my computer it just powers off completely.
Try formatting the drive with a windows 98SE bootdisk (get one here) disk and don't forget to FDISK beforehand. I had the same problem with a WD 80 G drive (it's the size not the manufacturer) and I was finally able to get past it. I'll do some more research and get back here.
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I formatted my drive with FAT 32 then after the installation was complete, I went to NTFS. Also try this article.
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