What's the problem here???
my newly and firstly built pc stopped working after 2 months of running smooth a few weeks ago. it al happened when i was curious about how low the clock rate would go in my BIOS. when i got to the lowest i accidently wizzed round to the max and it froze. this has happened before when it goes so high but upon restart no probs.
note: i didn't actually run any of these speeds i've always maintained the same speed since i first set it up.
after restarting, i couldn't boot into my OS (XP) or an OS setup CD (Windows XP and 98) IF a hard drive was present. when a HD wasn't present it booted into the CD's fine.
i returned my mobo thinking it was that and their tests said it wouldn't even POST. which was weird as it would for me like i care i've got replacement mobo that will work. well i assume i do but i'm having the exact same problem and unless (at the unlikely chance) this new mobo has that same fault its another component which will be smashed when identified as the offending party
my 2 hard drives work fine on this pc (270mhz!!!) so its not them and my brand new mobo should work (i'm half-open to it being that) which only leaves
1. so which one is likely to be the offending part?
2. and is it even possible that RAM stops you booting just because a HD is present?
AMD Athlon XP Barton 2500+
Crucial 512mb pc2700
ATI Radeon 64mb (agp)
550watt Qtec psu