Can't install an OS. Faulty hardware, but what?
Posted on 2002-06-09
I bought an ASUS A7V333 Mobo a few weeks ago and have had nothing but problems with it.
Currently i am trying to install windows xp. When it gets to the stage where you press enter to continue or f3 to exit it blue screens with a warning message. This initially said page fault in non paged area and advised to turn caching off. I turned caching off and it got further, this time copying the files for setup, which took ages as caching was off. At the end of this it blue screened again. I have only the basic components installed, i.e. the RAM, Graphics Card, floppy, hard drive and cd=rom drive. I bought some new Kingston RAM but still i get the blue screen. What else can it be?
I tried to install windows 98, but with caching enabled it hangs near the start of installation. I turn cache off and it goes all the way through the process, after about 2 hours. I then enable caching and it works OK. So i upgraded to XP from here and it all went OK. I started to install all the drivers and installed the sound drivers. I restarted and when it booted up i could no longer check the system properties in control panel. It just froze and won't let me shutdown.
My PC is:
ASUS A7V 333 mobo
2x256 DDR RAM modules
ABIT Siluro t400 GF2 AGP graphics card
IBM 60gb hard drive
It can't be the hard drive as i tested it in another PC and XP installed. I have also tried to install with both my DVD drive and my CD-RW drive so don't think its that. Also i have tried to install with all possible combinations of the RAM.
The only other options are:
1. Fried CPU
2. Faulty MOBO
How do i diagnose what is wrong?