So I THINK I've finally got this computer running. The Seagate HDD I was using is obviously going bad, but not in an immediately noticeable way. I was getting SEVERE lag in Windows 7, enough to where the mouse and keyboard stop responding (system freeze) for a second at a time during heavy hdd use, like downloading and installing updates. I thought it was the sata cable, since it was an old bent up one. Nope.
Switched it with a WD that has bad sectors somewhere within the first 13GB of the disk, so I partitioned that out, and installed Win7 to a 120GB partition that comes AFTER the first 13GB, and its running well. This is the 3rd Win7 install on this rig in a week. lol
Well, it seems to be running REALLY smooth now, and I will be doing some OC'ing (stock cooler, so I gotta be careful) and getting the RAM up to speed. 2.2ghz CPU, 200Mhz RAM stock, shooting for 2.4ghz, and 240+ RAM. Before I was stable at 246Mhz DRAM, and it FLEW, lol.
So, all is good, and she is running well. I was worried til I realized the Seagate (I mean it IS Seagate, ha ha) was going bad. NO!? LOLOLOL