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Alrighty, I've got quite the issue here. I need some help. And please, don't tell me to upgrade, I don't NEED more than a Socket A for this build. Alright, now here we go:

Hardware:
MSI K7N2 Delta2 NForce2 Motherboard (Socket A)
AthlonXP 2000+ or 2800+
1GB of various RAM (have tested single sticks, double, and triple)
ATI Radeon 9500PRO AGP or Sapphire Radeon 9000PRO (tried both)
520w Modular PSU
80GB Seagate IDE HD
Various CD/DVD ROM drives

Problems:
Alright, I've tried ALL of the hardware above. And everything EXCEPT the motherboard, I know for a fact works and tests out fine. The motherboard APPEARS to work just fine...however I'm running into quite the problem that I've NEVER seen before!!!

I've tried disabling all sorts of things in BIOS. RAID, SATA, even the onboard audio...I've disabled everything now, one at a time.

The problem is I can boot from my CD (Windows XP), and get it going to install Windows. But when its done reading all the files, and says "Windows Setup is starting Windows" (or something along those lines...still the blue start screen)...it just freezes.

I tried a Linux Live! disc....it freezes trying to start it.

I tried booting off the hard drive (hard drive already has Windows XP on it from another machine)...it freezes at boot up.

I've also tried downloading the RAID drivers off MSI's website, and installed them to a floppy. Then used F6 at bootup to install the drivers off the floppy. Same issue, it just freezes.

So does anybody have ANY idea what's going on here? Everything APPEARS to be working just fine. It all passes POST just fine, and 99% of the components are known working parts....its just the motherboard.

And this is also NON OVERCLOCKED right now...and I have the RAM underclocked and really loose timings (tried SPD timings and speed...nothing either).

Anybody have any ideas?
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If your positive that all other components are working and tried various OS installs, then you've solved this answer by yourself, its the motherboard, have you tried flashing BIOS, the only thing i can think of is that the motherboard is having trouble booting off the HDD.

If it does boil down to getting a replacement board, my recommendation would be an ASUS A7Nxxx board off ebay, my old A7N8X-X was pr0
    
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If your positive that all other components are working and tried various OS installs, then you've solved this answer by yourself, its the motherboard, have you tried flashing BIOS, the only thing i can think of is that the motherboard is having trouble booting off the HDD.

If it does boil down to getting a replacement board, my recommendation would be an ASUS A7Nxxx board off ebay, my old A7N8X-X was pr0
How difficult would it be to flash the BIOS? I've only done it in Windows before on an older board that I had years ago. And I also have absolutely NO clue which board exactly this is either. Its MSI K7N2 Delta2...however there's 3 different versions of the board...and it doesn't say on it which one it is.
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If the FDD works then its not too difficult to flash the BIOS, there are PLENTY of BIOS flashing tutorials out there, in terms of which mobo version it is see if you can find a s/n on the board or any extra info that you can google
    
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did you try using a different cable?
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Nevermind, i THINK I fixed it.

Things I did:

Disabled the following:
SATA/ IDE RAID
uDMA mode on all 4 IDE channels
IDE Prefetch

And now the stupid SOB is loading and installing Windows!!!!
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