I’ve grown soft. I fully expected to, in a single evening, update my motherboard and CPU. I wasn’t doing anything crazy: I got an Asus A7N8X Deluxe motherboard, with new memory and an AMD Barton 2500+ CPU. And it doesn’t work with my newest hard drive. It will boot, it runs, but I get a BSoD on every Windows install.
So, I turn to the web. This isn’t just my problem, others have had the same difficulties. Do I return the board? Maybe, but I am stubborn enough to not want to do that. Instead, I am trying all of the fixes I possibly can: new IDE cable, new power supply, new (different) memory, and finally, maybe a SCSI boot drive instrad. And knowledge that my next mobo will be an Abit.
(Before I get “Just use Linux,” I have a strong feeling that this is a hardware or driver issue, and layering another operating system on top of that won’t help. Besides, there are still a number of programs that are MS-only that I can’t afford to ignore.)
Assembling computers and getting them to work used to be this hard, but I thought it had gotten much easier lately.