I have a machine that is giving me a BSOD on boot. The usual, message, that I have come to understand means a hardware failure. Usually a RAM failure, at which point I put my memtest 86 disc into the drive, and reboot.
However, today I find that have not seen every reason for the BSOD on boot.
My machine has two IDE optical drives, and 1 SATA HDD. None of which show up in the BIOS. Everything is plugged in and powered up.
I make the assumption now, that I have a controller failure. I don't know which controller, and that is why I am here. I am also assuming that I will have to replace the mother board.
Does anyone have any other ideas, or want to confirm what I already suspect?
Have you tried testing the RAM sticks individually by booting with only one at a time? That's the first thing I would do.
Also, it wouldn't hurt to replace the CMOS battery on a machine that old. If it died and the system "forgot" its devices, or the BIOS file became corrupted, that could be causing all kinds of problems like that.
At any rate, I'd try the easy/free troubleshooting methods like that first.