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kriz24

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O.K. I built a new PC

Specs:

Power Supply: 450 Watt Echo Star
MoBo: Foxconn 661fx
Processor: 3.2 P4
RAM: 2 sticks of 512 DDR 400MHz
Video Card: Gforce fx 5200
HDD's: 120GB ATA/133 Maxtor (DiamondMax )
250GB Enhanced IDE Western Digital (WD Caviar SE)
DVD-RW: Pioneer 4X DVD-RW (A06)
Lite-on 16X dual layer DVD-RW
Cables: Ultra ATA 133 cables

Problem:

When trying to install any OS, the system crashes. It does start the install and it crashes at different pionts during. I'm trying to install on a Maxtor 120 gb hdd, which is a few years old. I have a few other hdd's, but they're in other systems and have data on them. They are around 30 GB. I really don't want to rip them out unless necessary. Also one of the 512 sticks I bought from crucial and is a few years old. I have 2 128 sticks of ddr not in use, which could be swapped.

I'm thinking it is either an hdd issue or a ram problem, but a friend said it sounds like it's overheating. The foxconn mobo and the 3.2 P4 processor were sold in a combo deal. The processor came with a heat sink and fan. I would imagine that they would cool it propperly. I'd like to get some more opions before taking the time to fix it, as my spare time is very limmited.

Edit: Almost foregot. If I leave the pc run for a few minutes it freezes. Doesn't matter if it's in the bios menue or dos.
Thanx

Edited by kriz24, 12 June 2005 - 12:30 AM.

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peterm

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have you jump switched the drives to be master with slave and slave
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kriz24

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yep and cables are in the correct order as well
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next i would try taking out 1 of the ram chips and whilst you have it open disconnect the second drive and jumper the other drive to master
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