I thought I knew what I was doing, and now I am in trouble. I just built a computer, BIOSTAR TFORCE TA790GX 128M AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard; AMD Sempron 64 3800+ Manila 2.2GHz Socket AM2 Single-Core Processor Model SDA3800CNBOX; Western Digital Caviar SE WD800AAJS 80GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive; G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ; some generic cd-rw, and a 350w power supply. When I try installing windows xp home, the system freezes at step where the windows setup says "Setup is starting Windows." What can I do to fix this?
Computers are mysterious . We are all in over our heads , so no worries and we will sort it out .
Assuming the POST is ok and it makes one beep to let you know its all OK
aYou need to work through BIOS with your mb manual in hand, setting up options.For XP you should have either installed a SATA driver from a floppy or set the Mb to native IDE mode . The dvd drive will be set as the first boot device for now .
The PSU is a Rosewill iso-450, came with the case, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I believe I have the IDE set to native, I will double check in the morning and the dvd-rom is the first thing to boot. It doesn't get far enough to have windows partition the drive.
It might be bad ram or the psu which, very low quality and not recommended, should have enough power but if the power is in consistent it could cause the freeze ot it is bad and when the hardware demands more power it freaks out.
Ok, tried the ram individually to see if I could get it to boot with 2 gigs, nothing, with either stick. If it is the PSU, do you guys have recommendations for a replacement PSU? I have a chiefmax ATX 450 W that came out of the machine it is replacing, but the Chiefmax is 20 pin, and the new MB is 24 pin, would it work if I got a 20-24 pin converter?
I am thinking that this PSU looks like good. I am wondering what you guys think? It is slightly more than I wanted to spend, but I think that I will not have to worry about power problems again with this PSU.
Might not be your issue, but i have this exact same board with a x4 920, and it would crash on windows vista install like you're describing. I found out that for some reason the VCORE was set too low at default. I raised my VCORE, and haven't had problems since.