The system seems to run fine for a bit while I install Windows XP, and then it invariably freezes at some point. Sometimes it freezes while installing SP2, sometimes it just freezes before SP2 installation when I'm in the middle of going through the start menus for the system tools.
So far, after a half-dozen attempts, I've never gotten as far as finishing installing SP2. It seems to freeze during the cleanup phase (if it gets that far).
Even during the freeze, the display on the mobo is reading "FF" (dandy and fine).
I've already tried shutting off the onboard USB, after reading some posts on other forums. I've also tried several different BIOS versions.
Anyone have any suggestions, other than "PULL!...BANG!"?
Memtest ran through a complete cycle with no problems. I'm on Knoppix now, with no problems yet. By the way, Knoppix is really nice! I'm impressed. I was planning a dual-boot of Fedora Core 4 once I got the system working, but I may want to rethink that for now at least.
Right now I'm looking for linux stuff to make the system work a bit to see how stable it is.
I'll run memtest when I go to bed tonight, but so far things look good.