This sounds defective. Can you RMA it?
I am running an Athlon 64X2 dual core processor 6400+ 3.2 Ghz with 4 gig ram on a Gigabyte GA-M52S-S3P motherboard.I have a dual boot set up with the main hard drive on a SATA connection and the secondary hard drive on IDE, both are running XP SP2.
About 50% of the time the screen freezes on boot up just after the single beep tells me that the BIOS is OK and about halfway through the screen listing the hardware. After several attempts the system will boot OK.
I have updated the BIOS, but cannot find any reason for the freezing. Any suggestions would be welcome.