I'm posting this with a sense I know the response, but I thought I'd put it out here in case someone came up with something of which I have not yet thought
My M/B (Athlon 2200+, 768MB, WinXP Pro w/ ATI9200SE AGP8X graphics card installed) is ~3 yrs old (just out of warranty I have a problem that developed the other day and it seems to have progressed thru 3 phases.
Phase 1: I have the WinXP sys KVM'd w/a Linux box. I had both systems up and running and was working on the Linux box at the moment. I then kvm'd over to the WinXP box, moved the mouse to bring up the screen (was dark, no screen saver). No response. Did it once or twice more until I noticed the WinXP sys had shut down (all LEDs off). I hadn't done anything to shut it down. So, I pressed the on-off pushbutton and brought it back up. Waited till I saw the initial WinXP screen and then switched back to the Linux box. A few minutes later I noticed the WinXP sys was off again.
At this point, I booted into the BIOS and checked the CPU temp (Hot day in the SF Bay Area). Seemed OK at ~48 degrees C. Tried to reboot, no dice. Turned power supply switch off and on and tried to reboot. Lights came on for only a moment and then went out. This led to phase 2.
Phase 2: From this point on, system never booted and I never saw the power LED come on, but the HDD LED alternated between full and half on at ~1 sec. intervals. In the past, I had experienced somewhat similar erratic behavior and thought it might be a) power supply gone marginal or b) new graphics card I installed last week (new card was an nvidia card the type of which I had problems with when I first bought the board). Replaced both and problem still remained. Went back to original power supply and also was able to test the CPU and memory which seem to be working fine. So, now to phase 3 (current phase, so to speak).
Phase 3: I stripped off all IDE and FDC connections and attempted to at least boot into BIOS (The graphics card is the only thing plugged into the M/B). Now what I get is a boot to the point of memory test (which it seems to complete) and a message "Detecting IDE Drives" (Doesn't matter whether the IDE cables are connected or not). The system then just sits there. If I press the Delete key (to get into the BIOS), the POST seems to stop at the end of the memory test (No "Detecting IDE Drives" message).
Needless to say, I'm somewhat perplexed, but I think I know what's coming. I would like to ask a couple of things. First, any ideas of things I might have overlooked which could get this board up and running (or is Fry's my next stop....I'd like to not have to spend a bunch of money right now and I certainly don't want to have to go thru the tedium of reloading the system...which brings me to my 2nd question....) assuming I can't "scare up" a used K7VTA3, anyone know of an equivalent m/b where I could plug in my WinXP hard drive and just fire it up?
My apologies for such a long posting, but much thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
Cheers....and if your a Dad, hope it's a great day for you...Steph