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maleb

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I am building a computer and having problems with some of the hardware.

Here are the current running specs:
OS: Windows XP sp2
Mobo: Pcchips K8 m860
CPU: AMD Semperon 3100+ FSB 800
Video: ATI Radeon 9200 256mb AGP
Memory: Kingston 512mb pc2700 (333mhz)
HDD: IBM IDE 14gb (from old computer)

I have a DVD burner and a CD burner aswell as an old floppy drive that doesn't work (from an old computer).

These are the parts I am trying to add:
A Transcend 1gb ddr 400 and a PNY 1gb ddr400.
I also have two western digital 80gb sata 150 hard drives.

Here is the first problem:

After I install the memory sticks, the mother board will read them and display the correct amount of memory. When I try to boot, Windows will get through the loading screen and will restart the computer before the sign on screen.

I have tried using the stick that I have that I know will work with one of the other sticks and the same thing happens. I have also tried both sticks, and just one stick in the DIMM1 port.

(I had originally bought memory that was 2.6V and the mobo is only ment for 2.5V so I bought some that were 2.5V)

The second problem is:

I bought a western digital 80gb serial ata hard drive and tried to install it by itself but the mobo insisted on setting up a raid system. I bought a second western digital hdd and hooked it up. The computer started to setup an array. There were some problems with the array I think, and I wanted to set it up a different way so I deleted the array. The computer will now read that there are two drives but it wont read the first one as a valid hdd and says that there are an insufficient number of drives to create an array.

I switched the hard drives and the computer can still only read the same drive, I tried switching the power connecters between the sata and the legacy power cords, and I have even tried a few jumper positions and had no luck.

I have tried installing the latest raid drivers from pcchips website, and I still have the same problem.

If anyone can help me with the problems I would appreciate it.
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Here is the first problem:

After I install the memory sticks, the mother board will read them and display the correct amount of memory.  When I try to boot, Windows will get through the loading screen and will restart the computer before the sign on screen.


Almost always because the memory is faulty. Run it through a memory check:
http://www.memtest.org/

Can't help on the other issue I'm afraid.
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