I've currently got a pretty nice Core2Duo system:
- -Core2Duo E6600
-S3 Virge (Read on to find out why...)
-Sound Blaster Audigy ZS
-Nexus 4090 (With 20->24 pin adapter)
-2GB PC5300 memory (Which has gone from Â£180 to Â£60 in about 2 months! DOH!)
-4GB CompactFlash card w/ Ubuntu (root over NFS)
-Gigabit NIC (@100mbit, because none of my routers do gigabit)
-No hard drives
So I stick the machine back together again, doesn't boot. Doesn't get to the bit where it detects RAM. Spent a few hours fiddling with different combinations of RAM, graphics cards (7300LE, 7600GT) and PCI expansion cards only to find nothing worked. BIOS error codes were seemingly random, from the fairly obvious "No video card" to "Power failure" and "RAM failure", all of which were fairly inconclusive.
I then tried my trusty old PCI S3 ViRGE which worked almost okay - except that the time taken from memory being detected to detecting IDE devices was about 5 minutes(!).
Seeing as GPUs are fairly power hungry beasts, do you think I'd be better off ditching the 4090 and buying a new ATX 2.0 PSU? Why would the system stop working now? Why such a slow POST? How come kompletts testers didn't find anything wrong ? Note that this PSU has powered an Athlon 64 3000+ with 6 hard drives and a pair of CD drives and a 6600GT previously.
Thanks in advance