Imagine the poor builder that encountered a too small power supply, bad ram or other bad part. Even more fun are most boards have out of date BIOS or drivers on a CD that have defects. All these lessons are learned first hand for most.
What to do with the new machine? Call up the maker/suppliers and ask what parts to return. Remember that XP is vulnerable and any number of pests will attack it on a new install. Hint? No connection to the internet, install XP SP2, firewall before connections.
I have built a computer using an Asus Motherboard, P4 2.8 Dual Core, 2GB Ram, plus new video PCI EXP card.
I originally wanted to use my existing hard drives but could not get them to boot up so I bought a new SATA drive and disconnected my old drives. Now I can not get the operating system to load. No matter how I set the BIOS (RAID, AHCI, IDE) the machine stops when it gets to the part where "Setup is starting Windows". This is after the setup program loads all it's files into RAM. Within a few seconds after trying to start Windows, I get the blue screen that says Windows has encountered a problem and has shut down to prevent damage to my computer. It gives a stop address that I notice is always the same. Everything in the computer is new at this point, how do I find the problem? Is it possible that the BIOS settings don't match the driver for the hard drive? Any help on what to do next would be greatly appreciated. Dan