Built new computer.. OS must hate me!

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jus10evans

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Ok.. i just put together a new pc (obviously my first time).. everything appeared to be fine.. i installed the only OS i had at the time which was Win. 95.. it was stable and the computer was working fine.. however i recently acquired both Windows 2000 Pro, and XP Pro.. sooooo i reformatted my drive, and attempted to install from the CD... heres were the problem comes in.. the XP disk gets all the way until about 8 mins. left in the install.. (i think its the regestering compen. part) and it just FREEEZES!!! so i have to reboot.. and do the whole thing over..just so it can FREEZE again!... I am clueless as to what the problem could be.. More than likely i would guess it to be something in the BIOS, but im new at this and dont have a clue!!.. also i tried to reformat and install the WIN 2000 disk.. and it finishes the text version install screen.. reboots (everything looks normal.. ie* win boot up screen and the little meter thing) but after that POOF its just stuck on a light teal colored background.. no icons, no mouse, no nothing!!! i neeed help!!...

ok here is what im working with...
AMD Duron 1000mhz
Maxtor 7200 40gig
ESC mainboard
Nvidia geforce 2 video

any tips would be greatly appreaciated
Justin
 

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You will need to know the model number of the motherboard so you can go over to http://www.ecs.com.tw/ and check to see if there is a bios issue. I did a quick look, but they list over 40 motherboards.
 

jus10evans

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the board is the K7S5A with onboard LAN.. i checked out the sight and saw the updates, however.. none of them said my problem exactly.. should i still attempt to update the bios? ?
 

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I saw several references to setting the motherboard back to 100 bus. I also saw several references to replacing the powersupply.

Here is a link to a board dedicated to that motherboard. It is slow loading though. Apparently they have all 1600 questions on one page.

http://www.ecsusa.com/Ecs_forum/list.cfm?forum=69
 

jus10evans

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to flash the bios do i need to make a setup disk (boot) or just like a ms dos boot disk... because Windows 2000 Pro.. has 4 disks. and i think XP Pro has 6!! .. what ever happened to the ONE disk thing?? i dont understand what to do.. if i make all 4 Win 2K disks.. do i put the flash stuff on disk 4?? or can i just use the flash stuff from a c: prompt?? why do i need the boot disk?

begining to hate computers
justin
 
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You don't have anything on the hard drive yet so just use a win98 startup disk to get to the c prompt, choose without cdrom support. Do your flash and then continue.
 
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If your flash doesn't work I would seriously consider a different mb.

I recently purchased an ecs. The on board sound doesn't work. Not even ECS can tell me how to fix it. I wish now that I had researched the board more. I believe the board you have had more problem posts on the ECS sight than mine did. (K7AMA)
After seeing the posts, I am thankful that sound is the only problem I am having.
 
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