Re: Help with asus p4v533-mx board problems.
well, i did alittle research and found that the board has integrated video, so i did not have to put a card in it... further testing resulted in this... i cleared the cmos, got the video to work, and it will go past bios. i can get it to load half way, it will ask for safe mode, normal boot, last known config. blah blah... but soon as i select somthing, it reboots itself. Another thing i noticed is it does not matter what i do, it will reboot itself. I tried another way, i popped in a winxp install cd, it boots straight into the install, press any key, starts loading things, soon as the blue screen for install comes and it starts loading things, about 15seconds later it reboots itself... no matter what, 15-20 seconds after it passes bios, it reboots itself. never fully makes it to windows.
With all that being said, i called asus and spoke with 2 techs, the first one of course wanted me to clear cmos, i told him i did but whatever. so i do it the way he says, i get back to the same drawing board. the second one i talk to, tells me to stick my nose in the box an smell, sucks cuz i had a somewhat stuffy nose, but i could smell a plastic sorta smell around the power supply an only the power supply. he thinks, that when the computer is trying to boot, its looking for a certain amount of power and the supply cannot give it, therefore resulting in it rebooting and trying again. And its either that or the motherboard is bad. Is there any way i can find out for sure, without spending 50-100$. the closest place here wants 65$ just to tell me whats bad. another problem i noticed, the box had 2 harddrives in it. i took the slave and formatted it, and threw it in this old pc because it only had a 4gig, and 40gigs improved me greatly. but, after about 8-10 hours of it being on, it freezes badly, to the point that i have to pull the cord or turn off the surge protector to shut the pc off. then when i try to boot up again, it does not even reconize the hdd. so i pulled the other hdd from that box, threw it in here, hmmm it does the same thing... whats the deal with that? both bad at the same time? and then the pc wont boot for crap either? i would think, one or the other, it cant be that the motherboard and both hdd's died at once could it? or, did the power supply underpower things and short them?