|OK well if anyone goes through this one this is what I did. Lot's of things seemed to be going wrong.|
I found a ribbon cable that was damaged(it did work even with a replacement so I worked out it need a 40 pin cable and not the 80 pin one), the video card was sometimes noisy(fan on the card), usb 1.1 card not working.
So I remembered what someone said is to take out the pci cards and see if the machine boots up.with the video on board enabled ofcourse in the bios. And sound on board if a sound card was also taken out. Have the driver cd for the motherboard etc and reinstall whatever needs to be installed. Then one by one put in the cards you know are working or don't have the consistant problems like mine did before. The video capture card never caused problems and neither did the sound card so they were put back in one by one. Installing the drivers, testing and then rebooting. Then the next card. This was my solution.
"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama