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GA-5AX + WD800JB 80GB Hard Drive = ????

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Motherboard: GA-5AX Rev1.3
Bios: Award Modular Bios V4.51PG flashed to GA-5AX F4

Computer picks up the hard drive when it POSTs, it then asks me if I want to start windows normally, safemode, etc. but when I select any option the computer freezes and the keyboard goes 'dead'.

Background info:  I have a Quantum Fireball CX13.0A hard drive with Windows home edition upgraded from windows 98SE.  It started spontaneously restarting on me and when/if windows does load I have about a 1 minute window after which it restarts.  This hard drive checked out fine physically so I got the WD800JB 80GB to have more space and to get my files, etc off of the Quantum then format it and start over.
Oh! I tried uninstalling XP and re-installing but I get blue screen errors, etc and even during this process it would re-start...my patience wore thin so I decided to just get another drive and go that route.  
Now of course...I am still without a desktop.
I have formatted the WD800JB and installed XP professional on it...but it never starts.

After I updated the bios to GA-5AX F4 it picks up the WD800JB just fine but now I have a freezing issue.

Please help with what this problem could possibly be before I throw the computer out of the window.
Is the WD800JD too large at 80GB for the motherboard.....it is a 10 yr old board.

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