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Old 09-09-05, 08:15 PM
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Help me troubleshoot my new build.

I put together my new pc, as mentioned in a previous thread.

To recap,

MSI K8N Neo4-F Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Venice 1GHz FSB 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor - Retail

OCZ Gold Series 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory - Retail

SAPPHIRE 100595L-BL Radeon X700PRO 128MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail

NEC Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE DVD Burner - Retail

COOLER MASTER Real Power RS-450-ACLX ATX12V 450W Power Supply

Reusing two PATA hard drives. A 120GB Maxtor and a 250GB Hitachi.

Windows XP Home

When I attempted to install Windows XP, I had several errors. The install would stop frequently and tell me it could not find a certain file on the Windows cd(for example, dvdplay.exe, and numerous others).

I ran Memtest 86 and it turned up several errors in the memory. I removed the OCZ memory and installed a 256MB stick of generic ram I had laying around.

Once again, I attempted to install Windows. This time it went off without a hitch. The OCZ ram has been rma'ed to Newegg.

Now I have another problem. When I boot the computer, the screen goes black after the motherboard posts. Not blank, but black. The monitor's green light stays steady, indicating it is receiving a signal. After 3-4 minutes, the Windows progress bar and logo appear and then the desktop. After this, it seems to run fine.

Any ideas?
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Old 09-09-05, 08:44 PM
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I thought there was a setting in the bios to show or not show the normal information during bootup. I assume that is what you are talking about. Check your manual for a setting.
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Old 09-09-05, 09:50 PM
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I think he is suggesting his boot is too slow
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Old 09-09-05, 10:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Spicollidriver1
I think he is suggesting his boot is too slow
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Old 09-10-05, 10:09 AM
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Boot time problem solved. After reading about this board in some forums, I upgraded the BIOS. It now boots in a much more timely and normal fashion.

Thanks for looking.
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