Help with non functional custom-built W7 rig

Lenovo Lenovo 3000 n200 notebook
January 2, 2011 at 05:51:25
Specs: Windows 7, 2GB
I have complied a pc with a an ASROCK P4i65G Presscott 800DC with 2GB PC 32200 DDR 400CL RAM, actually its almost a year and a half I bought the Motherboard and ram and never got a chance to use it, sits in the chasse as it is, I have recently tried to make it functional but haven’t had any luck.
I had doubts about the memory but I am not sure anymore, I have tried installing windows 7 with both Ram modules in place the windows stops at 20 % at some instances and I tried with one Ram module and it gets installs but when reboot part comes after installation then it cannot locate the HDD its very strange situation.
Any suggestions any hints I would appreciate

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#1
January 2, 2011 at 06:44:27
You can test your memory (RAM) without a working operating system. On another computer download Memtest ISO image and burn to CDr, then put it in the drive of your non-working system and boot it to Memtest and let it run through all tests. If it finds an error with both memory cards in. repeat with one at a time to find the problem one.
BUT your main problem here is that your board does NOT support Windows 7. It is too old and they do not offer drivers for it. If you still want to get this system up and running, you will have to find a new copy of Windows XP. My recommendation is start over, look at Tigerdirect.com and Newegg.com and find another board/CPU/RAM combination or one of the 'Bare Bones' packages that Tigerdirect offers since you may also need a different power supply, etc. If you have a PATA (IDE) hard drive and DVD drive, just make sure that the board you select supports it or you will be also purchasing those too.

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#2
January 2, 2011 at 08:47:01
You should never attempt to install an OS without 1st testing the RAM. Get a copy of memtest86, confirm that your memory settings in the BIOS are correct & that your CPU is not overheating, then test the RAM. Obviously if the RAM fails, there's no point in going any further.

http://www.memtest86.com/download.html


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#3
January 2, 2011 at 10:37:03
I also own that board and cpu, the truth is there's no win 7 drivers plus intel xtreme graphics 2 sucks.

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#4
January 10, 2011 at 13:25:20
Thanks guys! I agree with all of you in your opinions, now it will be waste to chuck out the whole system, I have tried Ubuntu and it works fine, although I am not very pro in Ubuntu use, do you guys recommend that I should keep using Ubuntu on this machine instead of chucking into the bin ?

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