I'm suddenly having problems booting my computer. It has been the case since I built it back in 2000 that the power supply comes on but does not initiate POST on the MB (Gigabyte GA7DX). Simply pressing the case reset switch would initiate POST. Last night that was no longer the case. After resetting it a dozen or so times, it finally booted but once I logged on the compter froze. Reset again, no POST. I tried again an other dozen times, and the boot process quit at different stages - from no POST, to verifying DMI data pool (sucessful), to logon and then freeze - seemingly without rhyme or reason.
WHAT I HAVE TRIED
The process seemed to have most trouble after checking the HDDs, although Windows said the check was okay. I disconnected the IDE cable from the SIIG Ultra ATA 133 controller. Each and every time POST and BIOS loaded, but without a startup disk connected I could only get so far... I then tried the HDDs on both channels of the SIIG and boot-up was again chaotic.
I moved the HDDs to the on-board controller, the computer booted fine and I am using it right now, BUT I need the on-board controller for other drives and (because I don't understand it) I question whether the SIIG controller is actually busted or if there's an other problem. Obviously I'm not an expert, but it seems too wierd that a problematic PCI card would keep the MB from POST or the BIOS from loading, especially if the problem was intermittent?
Any advice is much appreciated!!
Gigabyte GA7DX 133mh
Award BIOS 6.00
AMD Athlon 1.2gh
512 MB DDR PC2100
Win2000 SP4 (2195)
Matrox G450 DualHead
OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
USB Human Interface Device
Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
BUSlink USB 2.0 Host Controller