Alright--sorry. I thought that I was being clear but I get to the point where I some times confuse myself
OK, in my original system, I had a 20GB(formatted Fat32) hard drive as my main drive.
I then upgraded the motherboard, processor, and RAM (which I have done before--I built the original system). I took my old hard drive, CD-ROM drive, and floppy drive from my old system and installed them in the new one.
When I first booted up the computer and configured the BIOS, my CD-ROM, hard drive, and floppy all registered. However, when I tried to continue on (i.e. load Windows XP Pro), I got the message that my drive could not be read. I eventually discovered that some where along the line, my hard drive became not accessable (who knows how that happened). Therefore, I went and got a new hard drive, the 40GB (formatted NTFS). I then ran into the problem of installing Windows (it would stop at various places during the installation and give me a BSOD). I was then given the advice of replacing the RAM, even though I was already using new RAM. I put in a new stick of RAM, which appeared to work. I was able to instalk and load Windows XP successfully. However, the problem that I am running into now is after a period of time (the time period varies), the comptuer will either freeze, shut down randomly, or give me a BSOD. Then when I try to restart the computer, it will not register any of my drives (CD-ROM, hard drive, or floppy). However, if I leave the computer off for about 20-30 minutes, I can boot the computer up and every thing is just fine (system is recognizing everything). Then the cycle starts over again--I can use the machine until the next malfunction.
I hope this clears things up. This has been adventure with this computer and I think half the time I forget what I have already done.