I am building a new PC with a Soyo SY-K7VTA-B board, Athlon T-Bird 900 mz cpu, Thermaltake Volcano 5HSF, 256MB of generic ram, ATI Rage Pro 8 MB agp video, Western Digital 30GB HD, Enlight 7237 case with Enlight 300w PS, US Robotics 56k modem,etc. (all new).
This board has a feature called "Voice Doctor" which announces during boot any problems it detects.
Upon initial assembly, when power is applied VD says that the memory module may be damaged or not properly installed, and that the video also might be damaged or not installed properly, and the boot sequence freezes. The same resuts occur if the ram and the video card are placed in different slots.
I put both of the components into a known, working PC using the same type of board and cpu, and both worked fine.
Soyo tech support suggested removing all add-on cards and the ram, turn the board on to see what happens, and then add the ram and the cards to the board one at a time.
With no ram or video, VD repeats the video warning only. With ram only, it repeats both warnings. Dito after adding both ram and video.
What do you Experts think? Bad motherboard?