Hi to all,
Many thanks to all the people that helped me a month or so ago to decide what to buy in the way of a new computer.
This computer is to be used for ripping, burning and working in graphics programs. My old one for internet and document programs.
This is what I decided on during my visit to Canada from where I now live in Mexico…considering my budget and the advice of the knowlegable people that frequent this forum.
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-7n400-L
CPU: AMD Athlon 2800+ Barton Core
Video Card: AOpen FX-5200 128MB
DVD Burner: NEC 2500A
Memory: 2 512MB PC3200 Kingston Value Ram
Hard Drives: 2 80 GIG Western Digital Caviar 7200RPM
Case:AOpen with front USB & Audio connections
Previously purchased DVD Burner: Plextor 708A
I had to bring the computer into Mexico in parts as to avoid HUGE duties, or have the Mexican customs officials confiscate my computer at the airport.
Desktop computers are not permitted to be imported into Mexico…unless they are in parts. Go figure!!
This is the first time that I have put a computer together from parts. All went very well. I connected everything as instructed in Canada.
The Bios was already setup in Canada by the Tech at the store and I installed WinXP Pro there as well, to be sure that the computer was in working order.
After the puter had been running for awhile, and I had started to load some software…I began to experience a problem. The computer would boot while for all intensive purposes, no reason. A couple of times while playng music in winamp or running some other programs. After loading Advanced Uninstaller, I had to load the WinXP boot from CD and Repair the installation & then use a previous Restore Point.
After that, I did not have a problem last night. I ripped & burned a DVD backup of one of my movies and all went very well & fast.
This morning I installed PowerDVD and was configuring the program while watching the backup of my DVD. I changed a setting in audio and the computer booted and now it will not even go through the boot process.
I am faced with a black screen that says it is doing Recovery of BIOS. I let it run for a 1/2 or so…but continued to scroll horizontal dots row after row.
I tried booting several time with the same result. Also tried to have it boot from the CD but it will not proceed past the Recovery of BIOS screen.
I then took out the Primary Master hosting the OS & formatted it thinking I would then be able to start from the beginning again. This also has failed.
I know that there are people that read this forum that will probably know exactly how to fix this problem or what I have screwed up. Please excuse my ignorance if the problem is obvious to some of you.
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide. I am at a loss for what to do. There is nobody close to where I live that can help. I am hoping that the problem is not some bad hardware, as I am 4000 miles from where it was purchased.
All the best…as usual,