First post, by Godztian
Hi guys. I recently got my hands on a beautiful computer. I'll post pics in the showcase forum later, as Im kinda proud of this computer, but for now I have a critical problem with it. 🙁 I'll describe two errors with it, which Im pretty sure is related to one another.
1. Anytime, anywhere, when I press the physical reset button on the cabinet, the screen goes black and the machine freeze completely. Neither reset not power button reponst and all. The only thing I can to is pull the plug.
2. As long as I keep my hands off the reset button the machine runs perfect. Ive installed DOS 6.22 and run demos (Unreal, Crystal Dream etc), games (Doom, Quake etc) for long periods, no problems. When I installed Windows 98 Second Edition the installation went perfect as well. However, after the installation and the OS starts up, it detects new hardware (The dialog box "New Hardware Found". The dialog box changes to "Add New Hardware Wizard" which says "This wizard searches for new drivers for Plug and Play Monitor", and after a fraction of a second, the screen goes blank and the computer is 100% frozen - just like if I push the reset button.
Therefore I think they are related.
CPU: Pentium III 450 Mhz (Slot 1)
PSU: AOpen FSP235
MB: MS-6163 Pro
RAM: 384 MB (Tried various combination)
AGP slot: Various graphics cards (Several tested)
PCI slot1-3: Empty
PCI Slot 4: old network adapter (Have tried to remove this)
ISA Slo1 1-2: Empty
IDE Primary Master: FUJITSU MPD3130AT
IDE Primary Slave: IBM-DTLA-305020
IDE Secondary Master: AOpen Slotin DVD-ROM DVD-9632
IDE Secondary Slave: R/RW 4x4x24 (A generic CD Burner)
During the POST-screens the voltages are listed and are all fine.
I have installed the latest BIOS.
What are your gut feelings and suggestions? You think its a motherboard or a CPU issue? Or something else? Im waiting for two more slow 1 CPUs to arrive. When I have received them and tested them, I hope to have an answerto wether the CPU is to blame or not.
Thanks in advance for any input!