When i turn on the PC, it takes a while for memory test. First it just says "Mem" for several second, then finally goes into memory test and the memory test comes up ok. I did try this with three different mem chips... same results.
then it hangs at "Memory runs at Single Chennel" for a while. After several minutes, it finally detects the drives, which right now is the new SATA HD ( SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD753LJ 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive)
and my CD-ROM (NEC DVD-RW ND-1300A)
If I hit DEL to get into BIOS, it hangs forever at "Prepare to Enter Setup" it will get there eventually (30 minutes or so) if I leave it alone.
My motherboard is a Gigabyte 8IPE1000-G
Mind you... I am attempting to do a fresh install of XP on to this new SATA HD.
Last night, I was able to get into Windows setup. It did detect the new SATA HD in Windows Setup, but only showed about 13100MB and this HD is 750GB. I decided to stop there and go back to fix the BIOS hang issue first and then move on to the space issue.
oh, and the CPU is P4 2.40GHz