I am really out of ideas now and I hope you guys can help me out. It took me a while to get to this part because of hardware issues and I'm just really surprised that I'm having software issues as well. Ofcourse I'm assuming that its not hardware related.
Anyway, here are my specs:
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R
CPU: Intel Core i7 920 with stock fan and heatsink
Memory: Patriot DDR3 4GB (2 piece) PC3-12800
Video Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 260
Hard Drive # 1 Samsung 250 GB
Hard Drive # 2 Samsung 250 GB
Hard Drive # 3 Seagate 1.5 TB
--- DRIVES ARE NOT IN A RAID
Power Supply: Antec 750W
Case: Antec Twelve Hundred
Sound Card: onboard
Monitor: 2 19inch Samsung 940 BX
Operating System: Windows XP (32 bit) Service Pack 2
After two two motherboards and two power-supplies, I was able to install windows xp 32 bit service pack 2. Please note that I only installed 1 of the 3 HDs that I have prior to the installation. I installed the motherboard and GEForce drivers. Everything was running fine, until I hooked-up 1 Samsung SATA 250GB hard-drive.
First thing I noticed that it took a little longer to go to POST, and then in the middle of xp loading (Windows XP logo) I saw a blue-screen (its impossible to read anything because it happens so fast) and the computer will restart. After the restart, it will go to part where I can choose "safe mode", "last known configuration", etc. This cycle will happen everytime I choose "start windows normally".
However, if I choose safe mode, windows xp safe mode will boot-up like there's nothing wrong.
I figured there's something wrong with the hard-drive that I just connected so I removed the connections (sata cable and power) and started it up again. The problem is still there. Now whatever I do, I get the same cycle and I have no clue what happened.
When the computer was running couple days ago, I ran it for about an hour. I installed all the drivers without hiccups.. And also, before I hooked-up the hard-drive, I turned the computer on to make sure it will boot-up. Its very obvious that something happened when I installed the drive, but it was an empty drive and now it won't even boot-up.
The computer was off for about an hour, and I decided to turn-it-on again. What do you know, it booted to windows xp WITH all the hard-drives installed. From here, I was able to partition and format the 2 other drives.
I did a one restart, it restarted fine. Then I shut-it-off, waited couple of minutes before turning it back-on and poof, the problem came-back.
Someone mentioned from the other thread to uncheck the "automatically restart" in windows xp (sysdm.cpl). So I started the computer again (after 1.5 hours) assuming that I get to the point where I can choose "load windows in safe mode". But lo and behold, windows xp loaded up all the way to the desktop. I changed the setting and turned-it-off.
I turned on the system again (assuming that it won't boot again) and SOMETHING IS DIFFERENT... It will go to the windows xp logo, do its thing and about half-way the screen just turns blank. The monitor light stayed lit the whole time, it did not restart, its just black. I can't do anything so I have to reset and that takes me to the option of safe mode, load windows normally, etc.
This is driving me crazy, please help me out. Any ideas? I'm going crazy here. lol.
UPDATE: I turned the computer on and windows completely booted-up. I'm letting it run while I'm sleeping and hopefully it won't shut-down due to heat or something.
Okay this is really wierd. RAM issue.
When I first installed XP, I checked my RAM in system properties and it registered at 2GB. Every time the OS boots properly, I always check the RAM because I'm wondering why it doesn't register at 4GB.
BUT now, I just checked the RAM and it registers at 3.25GB.
well after much booting/rebooting random errors we finally got to another windows installation screen where we had to click ok about 1,000 times to error messages explaining corrupt files...as suspected by aford it looks like a corrupt install. We were able to boot to windows and everything seems to work fine...installing motherboard drivers etc. and we'll see where we can go.
Another note, the UD3R had the RAM running at 7-7-7-16 at 1.5v Which is way too tight and way too undervolted...I changed the settings but it was after we were stuck in the endless restart loop. That might have had something to do with the corrupted install...hopefully we won't have to format and re-install but we'll see where it goes.