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    Post Something has gone horribly wrong....

    This is not my mp3 machine, it is my home one. This isnt an mp3 problem, but i figured this is best place i know to ask a question to a bunch of smart people. First let me tell you what I have in it.

    MSI K7T Pro2-A motherboard (socket a)
    Duron 700 processor
    ATI rage 128 graphics card
    onboard sound
    3com NIC
    RAM - 128 megs PC133 cheapo brand
    Maxtor 30 gig 5400 rpm HD

    My friends computer crapped out, he had bad RAM so i gave him mine. Before i replaced it, my brother turned on my computer, (no memory) remembered, paniced and switched it of via the switch in the back--not the atx button.

    I wasnt too concerned but now that I have put in the new memory things have gone bad. Windows wouldnt boot not even in safe mode. I assumed that the power off caused HD problems so I scandisked and found many many errors, but nothing on a surface scan.

    Then I fdisked and formatted and attempted a new windows install. The install program locked up and gave me a "There has been a serious error writing to the HD, retry?" in a dos looking box in the top left of the screen.

    I thought the hard drive was hosed, so I plugged in my 1.6 gig HD and gave it another shot. Same problem, same message.

    I then lowered timings on my RAM to 100mhz thinking that was the problem. The system hung on post counting the RAM very slowly over and over.

    I changed it to auto and no problems. But I am still stuck.

    I think this is a motherboard problem, but this RAM thing gives me some concerns too. What do you guys think might be causing this? I really appreciate any help.
    Got started with computers on this board early in high school...now I run a web development company and am about to build my dream machine.

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    You sure he didn't like knock the thing off the shelf while turning it off or something? I have some AT-style systems I've been playing with here and as far as I know, the PSU won't even come on unless there's memory in the thing.

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    No, ha, I didnt knock it off the shelf, it is an atx system and it was only on for a short while. I should probably clarify a few things though. I am pretty sure the problem is with the motherboard or the memory. I just got brand new memory and i that could be bad i guess, ill have to switch it out as soon as i can find some. But it would seem like it is a hard drive problem except it did the same thing when i plugged in a different one.
    Got started with computers on this board early in high school...now I run a web development company and am about to build my dream machine.

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    Yep, this happened to me

    I had a Celeron 333 with a Abit BH6 M/B.
    I did the same thing, had no ram in it and powered it up.....it did it's little beep three times thing telling me it had no ram in it. No big deal I thought, but after fitting the ram in it, the HDD, was, well rooted.

    I tried the HDD in another machine, and it was fine. (No bad sectors or anything)

    I flashed the Abit mainboard, and it worked fine....

    Don't know why that fixed it, but it did

    Give it a go, it might just work.

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    Thanks, i thought about giving that a try, but i hear it can be risky business. Nothing to lose now so ill give it a go.
    Thanks again.
    Got started with computers on this board early in high school...now I run a web development company and am about to build my dream machine.

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    Flasked the Bios and now everything works fine--wonder why that is.
    Got started with computers on this board early in high school...now I run a web development company and am about to build my dream machine.

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    Well it worked fine for a bit anyway. I changed the bios settings, just the DRAM timings, to what they should be and then windows started locking up and would not load same as before. I went and changed the timings back and restarted. The POST counted the memory over and over untill i told it to skip. Windows locked up again so I restarted. This time there was a whole bunch of beeping and the atx power button didnt work so I had to flip the switch in the back. I turned it back on it gave a cmos error and said it loaded defaults and now it works. What is the deal? Can anyone think of a reason for this?
    Got started with computers on this board early in high school...now I run a web development company and am about to build my dream machine.

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