|Wanted to breathe new life into an old Albatron ATX machine. Added ram (total of 2G) and it ran stable for a few weeks.|
Also, I replaced a bad northbridge heatsink fan.
Also have replacement video card...but not installed.
After fan replacement. Machine booted into WinXP but immediately froze.
HDD read/write light stayed on constantly and task manager indicated 100% CPU usage right before crash.
Things were squirrelly...sometime it would make it to the desktop and run for a little while, sometimes it would halt at the splash screen, sometimes just a blank black screen.
I have a replacement ATI 4650 AGP video card but don't want to introduce that yet. The old card's fan is going out.
Decided to reinstall WinXP but computer will not get past first screen when atempting to boot off CD ROM. (it does pass the post with on normal beep) then freezes.
Machine will NOT boot off my "Write Zeros" boot disk while HDD is connected BUT WILL boot to the Write Zeros disk if HDD is disconnected. (I've used this disk before with no problems).NOTE: When trying to boot off CD, and HDD IS connected I hear a small tick sound, then drive light comes on and then off and there is a 2 second pause before it does it again over and over.
My take: (some info worth knowing....)
I grounded myself but forgot to switch off power supply button when replacing the fan. Perhaps I fried something...but why would it even boot with HDD disconnected? That indicates to me the board and CPU are working.
The replacment fan is a Sunon Maglev with a 3 wire connector. The old fan only had 2 wires.
Could someone shed some lite on the proble please?
I might try a different hard drive, disconnecting the fan's 3rd wire, and trying a new IDE cable.
Is there a way to "reset" the board? Remove battery? Would that accomplish anything?
Thanks for your time for this problem.
Albatron K18d Pro II
AMD 2400+ cpu
2x1G G. Skill pc3200 RAM
Primary HDD: Seagate ATA 133 120g
Slave: WD ATA 133 320g
video: ATI 9700