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New drive, new XP install= no boot after post

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Wondering if anyone can help me?

I have built the following system for my brother in law.

MSI K8N NEO 2 Platinum
AMD 64 3500
1024 DDR 400 memory
MAX-PS2200 DM10 200GB 7200 SATAII 8MB
2 x DVD drives

She posted with no problem.
I booted off the Windows XP disk and quick formatted the Maxtor.
After XP had installed the machine restarted.
She went through post and then I got a black screen for ages. After 10 minutes i restarted the machine.
Again, post, black screen then almost instantly the welcome screen and into Windows.
I installed the Nforce 3 chipset drivers and restarted.
Since then i haven't been able to get back to the Windows log in screen.
It seems hit and miss and i'm so frustrated as i really don't know what to do.

I will reformat and try again, but what I am missing?? This is the 4th build I've done and i'm more of a keen enthusiast than an expert.

Any pointers / suggestions will be gratefully received! :tazz:
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Well, that motherboard only supports sata1 and you are using a sata2 drive.

It should still work, as sata1 is backwards compatible, but I cannot help but feel the issue is in here somewhere

Are you using the most current drivers from the msi site? I wonder if there is an issue with the original cd?
Or, are you installing the newest drivers during setup of windows (PRESS f6 to install third party drivers), and then overwriting those drivers from the CD.
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