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Jim Mir
Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 - 1:29 pm:   

I have AMD approved case+ps and fan, abit kg7 board, ati 8500, soundblaster live 5.1, crucial 256 ram, DVD drive, and WD 80gb hd, and AMD 1600+

With 12 minutes left to load XP, the system froze. I restarted it, and it kept freezing earlier and earlier until it was freezing during initial boot. Also, hitting the power buttom would not turn the system off. So I unplugged.

Hours later, I turned on again, then powered off successfully 15 seconds later. I turned it on, and left, came back 10 minutes later and the system was froze again, blank screen.

Help! Should I just clear CMOS and start from the beginning or is the CPU bad
V (Vera)
Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2001 - 5:12 am:   

The first thing that comes to mind is checking in bios. look for "virus warning",make sure it is disabled. you can set it to enabled after windows is installed.

Posted on Friday, December 14, 2001 - 10:16 am:   

Besides Vera's good advice, also try installing XP without the Live Card installed. Get XP running then install the live card, let XP detect it and install the drivers.
Rob (Robwalk)
Posted on Friday, December 14, 2001 - 4:46 pm:   

Sounds like possible overheating CPU. Does your board have a temperature alarm/shutdown on the bios. If so make sure it is not set to shut down at too low a temperature.
Otherwise you may need an extra fan. I have an AMD1600+ and the supplied fan was not suficient to control temperature. I fitted an extra one and no more problems.
Marsha James
Posted on Sunday, December 30, 2001 - 6:39 am:   

Hi all,
I have a similiar problem with a similiar system. Although I simply do not get to POST. All Lights and drives fire up, But the main power and reset switchs on the front no longer work.I have to use the master on the back or pull the plug. No period of inactivity seems to effect it. I have pulled all the cards and removed all the drives and still get a black screen on boot-up. Bad CPU? ANy thoughts would be great. Thanks
Rob (Robwalk)
Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2002 - 9:03 pm:   

Hi Marsha,
Your system must be barely starting the boot sequence before it stops. Otherwise you could switch off via reset or power off. This seems to suggest the problem is very early in the sequence.
Have you had it working at all ?. Are there any beep sounds ?. Have you checked the cpu and all leads as being fully plugged in.
richard roessler
Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2002 - 10:23 am:   

hello all,
I seem to have a similar problem,
have an msi k7t pro2a, duron 700 proc,and a nvidia mx400 64MB TVout vid c.
while watching a film on tv system froze. had to switch off. would not go through POST after that. leds indicating something wrong with the vid c. most of the time, but the led stops erratically most of the time but never past initializing video interface.
tried clearing cmos, swapping mem, disabling all cards/drives.
any suggestions? data on this machine is rather vital...
thanks in advance.

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