Intel Quad Q9550 cpu,
ASUS P5QL-EM motherboard,
Fatality PC2 6400 DDR2 memory.
Pentium P4 Model M500-U Power Supply Unit.
A 1 Terra byte Samsung Hard drive
At first I (naively) thought I could just plug my old drive containing Windows XP Pro in and all would be fine. I have now been told that Windows doesn't like that (what a surprise!) and a fresh install will be preferable. Especially as I have an OEM version that will not let me move to another motherboard.
I'm probably going to end up putting Windows 7 on the kit but as that isn't released until October 22nd I thoughht I'd put Windows XP on and test it out.
Since then (about a week now) I've been trying to install various different versions of Windows I've got hanging about. They all seem to be failing because they can't find various files during installation. I don't think there is a problem with the DVD reader.
I think the most telling problem is that I have a bootable version of Knoppix that boots fine off an old PC I have but when I put it in the new kit it fails reporting that it 'can't find the Knoppix file system'.
When I put the fan on the cpu I used a good thermal paste but wasn't sure if I had pressed the four buttons far enough. I was vary of damaging the motherboard. The bios reported the cpu as running at about 32 degrees I think so I don't think it's getting hot.
The PSU was hastily bought from PC World. Quite cheap (£30) for a 500W. Could that be playing up?
The memory 'should' be compatible with the board. I bought the m/b and memory from Lambda-tek that has software to determine compatibility (although they do not guarantee it).
I have not been able to figure out how to connect the m/b to get 'beeps'. reading a few previous posts here it looks as though that would be a good idea. I'll try and do that today.
ANY suggestion gratefully received. I haven't got much hair left!!