Thanks a TON. I've been scouring forums and checking/re-checking everything. I'm going to get a new PSU asap and try it out. Why do you think it powered on the first time and then died? Is that a common occurance?
Rarely the PSU won't power up due to a faulty mobo. This is because the power button has to send a signal through the motherboard itself to signal the PSU to turn on. I'd try and test another PSU on the system if you have one available. Chances are the fan would turn on and idle, but it's best to double check that the power supply is getting the signal to turn on.
I installed a new PSU and it works. The original PSU was bad.
Now the windows USB boot drive I made isn't working!! "No Device Drivers were found". I'm pretty sure the initial Windows 7 boot has to be from the DVD drive. I guess this means I have to spend more money and get a bunch of DVDs
almost all modern motherboards will boot from a USB memory device if the BIOS is set to boot from USB devices before CD drive & Hard Disks
(Provided the USB device has been correctly prepared).
[The USB device needs to be inserted before switching the PC on]
Do you have another PC to test the USB device on.?
Dell, Toshiba and many other motherboard have a F key you can press during start up to make a one time choice of boot device.
My Intel motherboard has F8, Dells are usually F12
[ read the motherboard manual, as sometimes the message is hidden (BIOS Option to show or hide boot messages)]