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how can I determine if I killed my mobo


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starting over

installed all components in another computer all are fine

replaced cd and sata hdd into problem computer

when I first start the system, the d-bracket message is "Early Chipset initialization"

If I hit the reset button then the d-brac message is "boot attempt" it hangs there

the screen goes to the bios system configuration display stays there
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'boot attempt' means that the system has passed all the post tests & is attempting to boot from a drive. It will hang if no drives are bootable.

Have you inserted the XP CD into the cdrom drive prior to booting?
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yes the picture matches
red line on ribbon closest to power on fdd
red line on ribbon towards 4 pin power

standard cmos
floppy drive A: 1.44 3.5"
tested floppy on other computer(aka used)
no floppy b

advanced
no floppy swap
no floppy seek

clear nvram yes

Integrated peripherals
floppy controller auto

only installed parts include
memory 1 g on slot 1
fdd
video card

same results
hard drive not installed
locks up

as for my post about starting over

'boot attempt' means that the system has passed all the post tests & is attempting to boot from a drive. It will hang if no drives are bootable.

Have you inserted the XP CD into the cdrom drive prior to booting?
yes I have xp pro in the cd drive. checke it out on other computer
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OK, so i assume you're not getting a floppy drive errors any more, its just the hard drive that isn't being detected, right?
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with everything back in place
when I initially turn on the computer, floppy light comes on,fans come on nothing else (hdd,cd) seems to move
screen stays blank
d-bracket code "early chipset initialization"
stysem hangs there indefinately.

what does this mean?
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the hdd is found in the bios, and during start up, but no action
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This is probably a stupid question, but how do you know the hard drive is being detected in the bios etc if the screen is blank?
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Sorry. Yes, if the screen is blank, I wouldnt be able to determine if the hdd was detected,
but after hitting the reset button, I am able to get into setup and the drive is represented there
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OK, so let me get this straight :
You power on the system and the fans & floppy drive light etc come on but no display in screen.
If you then press the reset button, the system reboots & this time the screen comes up & you are able to access the bios, right?

If this is the case, then what happens if after pressing reset, instead of entering the bios, you just let the system attempt to boot up (preferably with the XP CD in the drive, or a boot disk).

Also, you mentioned about the floppy drive light again. Is the light coming on and staying on this time or not?
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Samm, thanks for all of your advice and assistance. I have RMA'd the mobo recently and should be cecieving a replacement soon. I believe that this will take care of things. If not, i'll check with you again

Thanks
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OK, lets us know how it goes!
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