Thanks to Tom’s community, I took the plunge to build my own. Unfortunately, I’m stuck being unable to format by HDD and load software.
Starts into BIOS; sometimes it will boot from the CD that came with the motherboard; sometimes it seems to hang. Eventually I got the MoBo CD to run; however, the only HDD formatting option was fdisk and fdisk only offered the option of formatting with FAT32 or FAT16.
Rather than that, I tried to boot with a Gparted Live CD. (which works fine on my laptop, BTW) The CD runs to the first screen and memtest86+ is an option. I ran through 1 pass of memtest 86+ and looked OK. Then I rebooted and tried to partition with GPARTED. Repeatedly the system hangs before GPARTED loads.
I ran through TOM’s troubleshooting guide and pulled out one of the RAM chips. Somewhere in my looking and testing I noted that the system recognized 2048 MB of installed memory but reported that the usable size was 1792 MB. Is this normal? Does it indicate a memory problem that causes the system to hang?
I swapped out the other RAM stick but still ran into the same problem: won’t load a live CD to do the partitioning. I’ve also tried a different Live CD (system rescue) but it doesn’t load either. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated
CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 445
Motherboard: ASUS M4A88TD – M USB3 880 GR
RAM: Mushkin Silverline 2x2 GB DIMM DDR3 1333/PC3 10666 CL9
HDD: Samsung spinpoint 500 GB
PSU: ANTEC EA 380 D Green