New mobo, xp booted, crashed, wont start

March 20, 2010 at 23:26:03
Specs: Windows XP, AMD Athlon X2 64 6000+/6gb Supertalent DDR2
Ummmmm, i feel like an idiot....i think i killed my
comp, I swapped my MSI K9MM-V for ASRock
AliveDual-ESata2 motherboard, put in xp cd, changed
the bios correctly, for some reason it skipped xp disc
boot, and booted windows xp, started finding hardware
drivers.......then it crashed....and now my comp turns
on but my monitor shows nothing on the screen not even a boot menu, no BIOS, and no safe mode, i tried the RAM in the static bag trick its brand new RAM, no avail, i
even jumped the CMOS....Can i possibly swap my previous mobo back in to get my beast up and running?please help me!

-Antec Nine Hundred Computer Case
-AMD Athlon X2 64 6000+
-*NEW* 2x 2gb Supertalent ddr2
-2x 1gb Supertalent ddr2
-HIS Radeon HD 3850
-*NEW* ASRock Alivedual-esata2 motherboard AGP/PCIe
-WD Caviar Black 500gb HD
-Sound Blaster Audigy 2 soundcard
-Coolermaster 600w PS
-Blue orb II CPU Fan
-BenQ dvd+r
-3x 120mm Case fans
-1x 200mm Case fan

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March 21, 2010 at 00:53:06
following my recent post, i slapped the original gangsta k9mm-v back in and everything booted fine i guess ill start from square one least i didnt have to buy a whole new computer =)

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March 21, 2010 at 08:16:35
You realize that your old Windows installation is configured for your old hardware, right? Swapping the board throws everything out of whack...Windows will have to be reinstalled. Try a "repair installation":

I'm curious why you went from one old board to another old board? You could have gotten an AM3 board that supports DDR2 (rather than DDR3) but still offers FULL support for AM3 CPUs. The ASRock board is "AM3 ready" which means AM3 CPUs can be used but they won't perform at their fullest potential due to the board's lack of HT3.0 support.

And why would you get an HD3850? Not that it's a bad card, but ATI is already in the HD5xxx series so you should have been able to get a modern card that performs just as well (or better) for the same price. You didn't get an AGP card, did you? Or was it leftover from your old system? That probably explains the board choice. You should have kept the MSI board until you were ready to go all the way. This "upgrade" was more of a lateral move that an actual upgrade. Also, the nForce3 chipset isn't supported by Vista or Windows 7.

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