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Hi, I was hoping I might be able to get some help with some problems I'm having on a system I'm putting together. I have an AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual 3800+ on a Asus M2NPV-VM board, it has nForce 430 and a GeForce6150 build it. It has 1GB of RAM and is running XP Pro. The problems I've been having are quite a few I have times when I turn it on and it wont even get to post, I've had times when I can get into windows and after I installed the drivers for the board it would work fine until I tried to do anything, Update, download programs anything like that would cause it to freeze and lock up. I was able to get in and uninstall the drivers but now I don't know which drivers to install the ones from Asus or Nvidia. But even when I get that problems working there is still the problem of it not booting up at all. Any help would be greatly appreciated. If I am in the wrong spot please let me know so I can move to the right area thanks.
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The graphics drivers should be obtained from Asus.
Brand & Model of the PSU?
Its an Antech True 380S Power supply.
If the problem will not boot I would suggest a bench test.

Remove EVERYTHING from the case
Set the motherboard on a non conductive surface. The motherboard box is perfect for this. DO NOT PLACE THE MOTHERBOARD ON THE STATIC BAG! It can actually conduct electricity! We are going to try and assemble a running system outside of the case.
Install the CPU and heat sink.
Install 1 stick of RAM.
Install the video card and attach the power supply connection(s) to the card if your card needs it.
Connect the monitor to the video card.
Connect the power supply to the motherboard with both the 24pin main ATX Power connection and the separate 4 or 8 pin power connection.
Connect power to the power supply.
Do NOT connect ANYTHING else. Make sure you have the power connector on the CPU fan connected.
Use a small screwdriver to momentarily short the power switch connector on the motherboard. Consult your motherboard manual to find which two pins connect to your case's power switch. Then touch both pins with a screwdriver to complete the circuit and boot the system.

If all is well, it should power up and you should get a display. Then assemble the parts into the case and try again. If the system now fails to boot, you have a short in the case and need to recheck your motherboard standoffs.

If the system does not boot after this process, then you most likely have a faulty component. You'll need to swap parts, start with the power supply, until you determine what is defective.
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