Home built computer, P3 1000; Asus CUSL2 MB; 320m Ram.
This machine has worked fine for years until I tried to be all cool and finally upgrade to XP (from 98). Went for a clean install, and never could get to main setup, after first reboot would get hard error:
STOP: C0000221 UNKNOWN HARD ERROR \Systemroot\System32\ntdll.dll
Imagining a possible hardware conflict, I basically removed all non-essential drives, cards, etc. from the machine and tried again - now we are just talking about a MB, a hard drive, cd, floppy.
Still same stop error.
In the interests of making a bad problem worse, I like to play tech with my machine.
So I figured that it was time to flash the BIOS. Yay. Seems to me that with everything else out, could be the MB that was causing hardware conflict.
Went to Asus site, downloaded flash utility and what I am rather confident was right bios file, saved old bios, flashed (apparently successfully), and now the computer won't even post. Powers up, but nothing ever happens
So, at this point I cannot even reload old bios.
Any suggestions before I kill myself, or worse, go to computer repair shop and empty my wallet?
Anymore tricks left in the bag?
Thanks to all who reply, your assistance is appreciated.