I'll try to keep it short and sweet, here's a history on this pc build:
I purchased a pre-built custom pc about six months ago, I got it for a deal, so expected to put some work into it eventually. The pc ran (general, no gaming, etc) for maybe a month then started showing signs of a failing hard drive & video card, then not booting windows at all.
I've since replaced many of the "original" parts with new ones, the most recent upgrade being RAM, the others are the video card and a new 1tb hd w/ win xp.
Here's the current combo:
Foxconn 945P7AA mobo w/ onboard sound
Intel processor- I don't know what model
500w power supply- I don't know what brand/model
AeroCool card reader/USB drive
EVGA 8400 GS graphics card (new)
Belkin wireless PCI card
WD 1TB SATA hard drive (new)
2 x 2GB Kingston DDR2 PC2-5300 RAM
All drivers are current
Before I replaced the RAM and after the new HD and vid card, I was able to run xp, although it was really slow... applications ran at normal speed but the OS was seriously lagging. I would eventually get a blue screen with a variety of "stop" codes and have to restart.
Now, with the new RAM, I can get windows up (with BIOS fail-safe defaults and only one stick of RAM) but the blue screen comes even sooner and xp still takes a minute or two or more to boot up. *If I boot with both sticks of RAM, I get the black "windows did not start successfully" screen, and I'm not able to navigate to any other options except "Start windows normally".
So, I have two choices: get the pc running or drop-kick the whole thing from my 3rd story balcony and start over.
It seems that there might be a problem with hardware compatibility- any suggestions?
I would appreciate any help you can offer- will trade for interior design advice