Diving right into the problem... the system specs are as follows:
Mobo- ECS KT600a
Processor- AMD Semperon 2500+
Mem- Corsair 256mb 3200
HD- Seagate 40gb
When I power on the system, it goes through the checks (IDE, SATA) with no problems. Everything is recognized as it should.
Right after this, the WinXP logo should appear almost immediately. Well, it doesn't. It takes about 10 seconds before it actually does appear. After another 5-8 seconds of thinking/loading... one of three things occurs.
1. It never makes it into Windows. The system stays "on" but the monitor no longer receives a signal and goes idle. Must reboot.
2. The blue screen with "Welcome" appears... and then the computer locks up.
3. Windows loads up all the way... and then the computer locks up after about 3 to 5 minutes.
I went to the ECS website and downloaded the latest BIOS along with the flash utility to be used while in Windows. If I am in Windows long enough to run this program, I get a message that states "OnBoard BIOS not Award BIOS" which doesn't make much sense because it IS an Award BIOS.
I did a manual flash of the BIOS and it looks like nothing has changed.
I've read from various sources that I need to get SP1 installed... but how would I go about doing that if I can't even get the computer to stay on long enough to do so?
Does anyone have a clue as to what might be the problem... and more importantly, how do I fix this?
Again, and as always, TIA.