I just days ago got a new motherboard, processor and video card. After installing everything I booted up, thought the BIOS was setup alright and so went on. NTLDR missing. Adjusted the boot order and got that fixed, but before that I tried booting up a few live cds, Daryna Elyssa Puppy 4 and a few puplets. Everything would freeze up when it tried to load the kernal. The computer would restart if I ever got to windows (quick flash of the Blue Screen of Death).
I thought the problem was the connection to the motherboard that powers the cpu. I plugged in my 4 pin male into the 8 pin female on the motherboard so I figured this was the issue, the processor was halting the system when I tried to load up an operating system. Got a 4 to 8 pin adapter today though and I still have the same problem.
Actually I have more problems since I messed up my MBR with a debian install (I could boot into that cd) which isn't a big deal I can figure out how to fix that. And now a few IDE devices are not being recognized but I probably have the jumpers wrong I guess.
So my question, is this freezing when it tries to load the kernel and rebooting when I try to start windows (safe mode or not) a sign of a defective processor? Is that what the problem is?
mobo: jetway HA04 AM2
cpu: AMD Athlon 64 x 2 5000+
RAM: OCZ 4 GB
Thanks for any response guys.
## Update ##
After installing Debian and trying to boot up on that (I actually disconnected all but one HDD and one CD-ROM to simplify everything) I got all the hda : lost interrupt.
The Good News: I was able to get into Puppy 4.0 (NOP to be exact) by turning acpi off. Now I get to educate myself on acpi, what the benefits are and the disadvantages of not having it. So the new question is how do I boot into winXP with this problem? And what do I add to what file so Debian will boot (init something?) Then, if I want to get minty, can I start up the live cd with no "acpi" and install it so it will boot? I'll let you all know what happens next.
So I booted into Debian. Once. Now it's not working and I have no idea what I did or what changed.