My computer got hit by lighting, and that the cpu ended up getting fried. Anyway for the back story read this:
To make a long story short I ended up upgrading the Motherboard and the CPU.
I don't know if the board is bad or not, but it has issues. First of all the Board is a MSI ms-6540G (v2.x) board that uses the 661FX chipset.
I don't think any of the built in ports work right. I know for a fact that the Keyboard doesn't work right. I'm luck if it lasts 30 seconds before it quits working. This makes is virtually impossible to check the bios settings. The computer won't boot into windows. Usually it locks up when windows tries to load the drivers, but quit often it doesn't even get that far. It also likes to lock up when the windows "you failed to properly load up" screen appears. Only once was I able to get to the login screen(loading safemode with networking), but then the keyboard died, and the Mouse didn't work. FYI, the the Mouse is a USB connection, and the Keyboard is a standard connection, both are microsoft products.
I've tried booting up with the XP cd to reformat the HD, but the computer locks up when "setup is dectecting your hardware".
Also if I try to turn on the computer immediatly after turning it off, the computer will lock up almost immediatly. It will read the processor and that is it (actually sometimes it won't even get that far).
I've already checked the ram an it is good. What do you computer gurus think could be wrong? Is the board bad, did I screw up installing it? This is the first Motherboard that I have installed. Could it be a setting in the bios? I'm begging for help asap, because I only have a few more days where I can exchange the board if it is bad.