Alrighty, well where to start....
I am also having hardware issues as well, which for some reason refuse to be isolated.
At this point the only items in my computer I have not replaced would be the power supply, and floppy drive. (everything is installed properlly,including BIOS config, etc...)
Problem A :
I start up the computer everything is going ok, then comes time to restart (after maybe an hour or so of running) maybe I installed a new program, or just felt I needed to give it a fresh start, as soon as the operating system exits, and the computer restarts, it hangs on a black screen, turns the monitor off, so I dont see anything that goes on, it will spin up the cd drive for a few seconds, then reboot. It will do this for no reason, until I press the restart button or do a hard power restart (power switch off --> power button, rinse repeat...) and then out of no where it just maybe, if its feeling nice will start up, make the little beep, flash the bios screen on the monitor, and start to load.
The memory is working fine, all the parts work fine it just has a temper for some reason occasionally. I have definately enough cooling power so I know its not an overheating issue. The only things that I can possibly think are the reason would be the CMOS battery acting up
or the power supply. It is a 400w power supply, and my heatsink+fan does use an external power source, but that is all configured fine and dandy.
Anyone know what is wrong with this thing or is it just possessed by the devil? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
Ok, now onto Problem B:
As stated above, the computer has a wee bit of a temper!
I have to do a full install of windows XP Pro, because my old HDD, which is no older than about 3 months, had gotten bad sectors on it, and corrupted the OS, but the files I need off of it are so important that I would rather use another hard drive, pull the files off, and then just have 330 GB of HDD space. Unfortunately I dont have the access to cloning systems and other various methods of installing OS's, so I use the stone age method of the 6 floppy boot diskettes (required for pro) then it jumps over to the cd for info. My only problem is that as soon as I insert the 6th diskette, my computer will immeadiately restart as soon as the enter key is pressed for it to read it. I have tried many different disks, and I think it is all relating back to the original problem of the computer having a temper.
I'm praying that there will be some fellow computer guru's hanging around here that know of what is going on with this machine of mine or if they know someone who had a similar problem. (I'm too embarassed to bring my system into the Geek Squad at best buy or some other store. I'll die before that happens)
This is my 6th personal gaming machine that I have built, and all my previous ones worked perfectly without any problems
Anyways, heres the specs, and thanks again to anyone that can help!!!
AMD Athlon XP 2600+333 FSB
Gigabyte GA-7S748-L <--Around there somewhere
ATI Radeon 9200 Pro 128DDR
1GB Kingston DDR PC3200 (I have also tested other memory speeds, 2100 & 2700 to make sure that it wasn't the 3200 speed causing the errors)
Western Digital 160GB 7200RPM 8MBCache HDD
Seagate Barracuda 120GB 7200RPM 8MB Cache HDD
Generic Floppy & CD-Rom's
If theres any other info ya need, dont hesitate to ask for it, but remember, I have no access to windows, hehe And thank you again for helping me out whether it works or not!