Motherboard, CPU, RAM, or power?
My computer (Asus MB, AMD 2500 Barton, 512meg PC3200) recently died. When pressing the power button, it begins the startup process, then "stalls" (for lack of better word) and shuts off. The few times it goes more than 10 seconds, it goes into the bios screen telling me the CPU was set to the wrong speed, and tells me to fix it. However, it does the same thing without the CPU chip in it (doesn't get as far as the bios screen though, just stalls at a random time between 1/2 second and 3 seconds. The LED on the motherboard comes on and stays on, with or without the CPU, it only slickers when it stalls.
Am I correct in my thinking that it is the CPU chip?