Hello. I recently purchased a cheapo "PC Chips M952" motherboard to build another computer with some spare parts I had laying around.
The hard drive, 3d card, cd writer, ram, and processor were all working perfectly before my last major upgrade. I installed them on the new mobo (case, power supply, and mobo are the only new things) and booted it up.
I got a message that the CMOS settings were incorrect. Fine. I tell it to pick the default "safe" options and continue booting. It boots to my hard drive (empty) instead of my CD ROM. Ok, so I reboot the machine and tell it to boot to the CD Writer first, and restart. Now it hangs after drive detection.
Every time I restart, it continues to hang at a random point in the boot process (I got it to boot to my Win XP install CD once, but it hung as it was loading the install program). Usually I have to reset the bios in order to even get back in to the settings.
Any ideas on what could be causing this to happen? I've tried re-seating everything on the mobo about 3 times, and tried every combination of BIOS settings I can think of.
Hell, it hangs at different places even if I don't change anything and just reboot it.
I have a feeling I just bought a really crappy motherboard and will probably need to return it and upgrade to something slightly more name-brand.
I have a 40-gig IDE hard drive installed, a generic CD Writer (though I tried 5 or 6 different CD Roms), two stick of DDR (tried each individually, still locked up), and a GeForce FX 5900. The case has a built-in 300W power supply.
I've never seen these symptoms before so I don't have a clue what the problem could be. Help?