And it was working great at first. I installed XP on it and i updated windows and added a bunch of codecs and stuff and restarted a few times without problems. Then out of nowhere without any hardware tinkering (at least to my knowledge), XP wouldn't load anymore. It would just lock up every time. I almost want to say that restarting it didn't screw it up but when I turned off the power and then back on it started having problems (but that might not be accurate).
So I couldn't figure out what to do and started replacing random stuff like memory and harddrives. The memory and harddrives and all that kinda crap work just fine in other computers but not this one anymore. I even updated the BIOS. Nothing was working.
So then I decided to just reformat and reinstall XP. Now here's where I stand. When trying to install XP I end up getting to the "SETUP IS STARTING WINDOWS" portion of the installation at the beginning, but every time it just locks up here. EVERY TIME. It's really annoying and I have no idea what to do now. I don't have any disks for the motherboard or anything but I am trying to get MSI or GATEWAY to respond to an email with something special maybe.
I do think a possible problem could be with the computer not wanting to read harddrive's content all of the sudden. I got DOS to load from a floppy and the computer acknowledges the HD is there (in BIOS settings too) and how big it is, but the contents of it cannot be read at all. It just says "Disk read fail" or something. And remember, the HD works find in other computers. But even if this is what the problem is, I have absolutely no clue how or if I can fix that.
The BIOS settings are really crappy. There's hardly any options to tinker with. Anyone got any suggestions? I'd love to get this thing working again.
Gateway 1.1GHz Intel Celeron
MSI Motherboard Model MS-6312
90W Mini Power Supply
Some crappy Lan card