My first thought was a faulty video card, so I replaced it with a new eVGA Geforce 6600GT about a week ago. Everything was fine for almost the entire week, and then yesterday I was unable to boot with the same results as I mentioned above. I booted up and was involuntarily sent to the BIOS settings screen where I had an error message that said that my system hung for an extended amount of time due to an improper CPU speed setting. Then it said to make sure that the hardware recommended speed corresponded to the bios settinsg, which it does. I have an AMD Athlon XP 2100+ which runs at 1.733ghz, which is exactly what setting I have in the BIOS. Just to be safe, I underclocked my CPU to 1.3ghz, and it seems (never really know because the black screen can be quite random) to be okay now. I talked to a friend of mine and he said that the problem is not likely to be my processer and more likely a hardware conflict between 2 or more other devices that have this result. So, what's the problem?
I would really appreciate some help here; I can't even get any schoolwork done.
Thanks in advance.