System locks before memory test
Posted on 1999-11-08
I'm trying to put together a system from some spare parts I have lying around. I have an ATX motherboard using the Intel TX chipset and AMD K6 PR-233 CPU that came out of a Polywell system. I also have 4 16MB EDO SIMMs.
I put the motherboard in a new ATX chassis, with my old Matrox Mystique PCI video card and a floppy (no hard drive yet). It worked for a few minutes, but after I hit the reset button, it stopped
Now, it will display the video BIOS message, the BIOS version, and detect the CPU. But, instead of starting the memory test, it just hangs with a blinking cursor.
I tried running with just 2 SIMMs (I tried both the 2 that originally came with the system, and the 2 I added later), but it didn't change anything.
All these components (except the case, power supply, and floppy, which are new) had worked together in the same system for years. They've been on the shelf for a few months, though.