However, it cycles through a bunch of them before finally settling on "FF".The beginning of the beep occurs just as "26" is on for longer than usual.
[PS] just as I booted up to confirm the number 26 is what causes the hang, boom, it booted perfectly. This is just super weird. I am going to read that manual closely and try to fix this, then i'll get back to you.
I looked more closely at my BOOT process and mine does pretty much the same thing:
The numbers start cycling up, I get a short pause at C1 and C3 (memory checks and initialization), a single BEEP at 26 (clock initialization), and the numbers go to 7F. I don't have a floppy drive installed and the BIOS is looking for one. (I do this to pause the boot process.) "Press F1 to continue". And the numbers go to FF (sucessful boot).
If you have intermittent boot problems, I'd suggest checking all of the connections to the motherboard except the CPU socket. These new sockets make me nervous.
No I have not. It is a 700w though, so I don't think my comp is underpowered. Unless you are suggesting it is defective somehow.
I just woke up, and the computer booted into XP perfectly. Yet, the LAN still does not work. This is driving me insane. I am using the exact same internet connection to connect my laptop as I am my PC, so it should be working.
Make sure the onboard Lan is enabled in the Bios.
Make sure the cable is okay and test it if you have the software or the Bios testing option. You could try hooking another computer to that same cable otherwise.
Anyway PCI Lan cards are pretty cheap today.