Big problems with my box. Basically it wont boot from cold (ie if its been switched of for a while) When I first switch it on i can hear the fans blowing (CPU, system and PSU) and the hdd spooling, as well as the CD/DVD drives acsess lights flashing but no boot. If I leave it switched on like this for 30 minutes and turn it off by the case switch and back on again it boots up and runs with no problems. If I then need to restart it for any reason I have to leave it for 2-3 hours before it will boot again and it still needs the 1/2 hour "warming up time".
I think its one of 2 problems, the PSU is on its way out and is'nt supplying the wattage I need or the mobos on its last legs. I'm unable to borrow a PSU to test the first theory and my cash is limited at the moment so I dont want to shell out too much when its not needed. Any advice would be helpful at this stage.
Mobo: Elitegroups ECS K7S5A 1.00
CPU: AMD 1800XP
Ram: 512 SDRAM generic (Its cheaper and the performance increase is minimal for my home rig)
Graphics, AGP: Geforce2 64mb.
HDD: 60 gig WD
CD/DVD combo: LG (I forget the exact model number)
3.5 Floppy: Generic
OS: Windows XP corp. SP2
I also have a nic and tv/video card on the PCI slots (2 of 4)
Printer/scanner combo and ADSL modem on the USB ports (2 of 4).
I've had this setup (with the obvious exculsion of SP2) running fine for the past 2 1/2 years with no problems.