Freeze when trying to enter BIOS

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Moneypit

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Hi, I'm new to the forums but am completely dumbfounded and could use some help. I'll start at the beginning but this is probably going to be long.

My computer turned off on its own one day. When I tried to restart it the fans all powered up for about 2-3 then it would shut back off. I researched the problem and decided it was either the PSU or the motherboard. Since I wanted to upgrade my board and proc anyway I went ahead and bought a new MB, proc, RAM and then the cheapest 500W+ PSU I could find just to test if mine was bad or not (it wasn't).

I installed all of the new parts and got an error message saying that the cpu had been changed and I need to update bios, which I knew was going to happen but it said that before I could even hit del to enter bios. So I hit del and it says "entering setup..." and it goes to black a screen like it is about to load then just sits there and doesn't do anything.

If I don't try and enter bios it will load all the way into XP and runs everything fine. I even used the disc that came with the mobo and loaded all the mobo drivers. I don't seem to be having any problems at all other than not being able to enter bios. I'm waiting on a copy of XP from my brother to arrive in the mail so I can format but I don't think that will solve the problem I am having now. I have tried resetting cmos with the jumper on the board which didn't help anything.

Any comments, suggestions, or help? Thanks.
mobo: Asus M3N78 Pro
cpu: AMD Athlon 6400 3.2g X2
ram: Kingston HyperX 2g 1066
psu: Logisys 575w
hd: Western Digital 320g
graphics: MSI 6600LE

First four items are new.
 

Moneypit

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Tried that, sort of. It is a tool inside of bios. When I follow the instructions insides the manual to active it I get the same thing as if I tried to enter bios directly.There is a tool to download and install an updated bios inside of windows. I couldn't get it to connect and download properly which turned out to be a good thing because I then read afterwards that it is a bad idea to update bios from inside windows. Thanks for the idea though but I believe I'm just going to RMA the board and hope for the best.
 
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