Got my bosses computer sat in front of me, he said that it wouldn’t turn on.
I took the Base Unit back to my place, switched it on to hear the Bad Ram beep codes, no POST screen. Tried about 5 different good sticks and still no change. So I figured that its maybe mobo related, switched the mobo for a different model and now it POST’s perfectly.
So next I tried to install Windows XP and got as far as the end of Hardware detection, and then instead of the end user license agreement, it just hangs on “Windows is preparing” (or something like that).
I tried installing Win2000 and got the same problem. Tried installing Mepis too and it hangs before installation. Also tried Kill Disk from a floppy (which won’t actually erase) as well as XP boot disks, it hangs on the 6th.
Next I put the HD in my Base Unit and managed to install Win XP no problem. But still can’t in his machine.
Tried different IDE cables (40 & 80), tried different Master/Slave configurations – replaced everything but the Power Supply and CPU (Could either of these be the problem?).
AMD Athlon 1.25GHz
PC CHIPS M863AG/G
COLORSit 550W PSU
Genius sound card PCI
80 Gig Maxtor