ok, i seem to have run into my own little problem. i'm building a computer for a friend, and i already have all the hardware put together. i also have Windows XP SP1 installed (he wanted to wait till his next paycheck before he picked up the Windows disk since you have 30 days to register. so i'm using an old disk i had lying around). the problem started happening after installing DX9c from the Driver CD that came with the video card and it forced me to reboot, which i didn't want it to do.
after the reboot, Windows would start to boot, and then a black screen would flash up with the just the mouse curser on screen. after about 1-2 seconds, the cursor would disappear and nothing would happen. concerned that it might be a weird setting with the motherboard BIOS, i reset the computer and tried to enter the BIOS. as i press the 'Delete' key to enter the BIOS, it gives me a confirmation that the BIOS are booting. however, instead of the BIOS booting, a quick message asking me to set up the RAID array flashes up for just a second before i get yet another black screen with no activity (the fans are still running, so i know the mobo is still running).
so far, i'm stumped since there are no error beeps telling me if something is wrong, and i can't even boot from the DVD drive since i can't go into the BIOS and set the boot priority. i've tried resetting the BIOS via the jumper settings on the mobo, but to no avail.
ASUS K8N-SLI Deluxe mobo
Crucial DDR-400 memory (1GB)
NEC DVD burner drive
Seagate Baracuda SATA 3.0Gb HD (80GB) (not connected to a RAID slot)
AMD Athlon64 3800 X2
Aspire 420W PSU (came with the case, or it would've been a 500W Thermaltake)
BFG GeForce 7900 GT (not hooked into SLi mode since there's only one card)
Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi
Linksys Wireless Card (via a PCI slot)
i think its two seperate problems. the one with Windows is easy enough to sort out since i can just wipe the drive and start over with the Windows install. the problem is getting into the BIOS so that i can set the boot priority.