I have purchased all new parts to construct a computer. I have an ASUS A8N5X mobo (PCI-E), MSI GeForce NX7600 video card, Athlon 64 3200+ proc, 1 GB Kingston memory in a single DIMM (installed to proper slot), a Seagate SATA HDD, an ASUS DVD-RW, and an Enermax EG425P power supply.
I put everything together using my anti-static wrist strap and plugged in a friend's wireless keyboard and mouse. The box booted up and mentioned that there was no bootable disk available, so I popped in the WinXP Pro CD and pressed the hardware reset button. Everything went great - the box booted and loaded all of the files from the CD into memory. But when I got to the prompt to "hit Enter to install Windows XP," I found that the keyboard wasn't working. So I went and got another keyboard (PS2) and plugged it in instead. Hitting the Enter key still didn't work, so I used the hardware reset button again.
Now, every time the machine boots, it hangs at the ACPI Controller section of the PCI device listing. I have tried pretty much everything I can think of to fix this issue: I have reconnected all of the hardware components, I have reset the BIOS to defaults, I have used the mobo jumper to clear and reset the BIOS completely, I have toggled the ACPI APIC setting off and on, I have changed the IRQ assignment from auto to manual (I also tried reserving IRQ 9, since that was what the BIOS kept assigning to the ACPI Controller), I have tried toggling PnP OS off and on, and I have even tried booting with no keyboard attached at all. Nothing works.
At this point I am thinking that maybe I have a bad mobo that I need to return. I really don't want to do this, as this PC is a birthday gift for a kid and I want to give it to him on his birthday (tomorrow - Sunday May 28th).
Does anyone have any ideas?