Hi - I know I haven't made it easy on myself (read on) but I'm kind of stuck at the moment.
I moved overseas a few months ago, and to save space (boy am I regretting it) decided not to bring tower and cd drive, so I took motherboard, hard drive and most of the add-on cards, the idea being to restore the system when I got to my destination - I have some unfinished work I have to access on the hard drive, and programs I don't have access to disks right now to reinstal-windows 2k included, unfortunately, so my options are limited.
New box/psu - new DVDreader/writer, new floppy, a used but I think ok internal modem (got the same behaviour without it, but will progressively remove cards again to test) also a new USB card (more ports)
Initially, I couldn't get anything on screen and now hard drive activity, I reseated the video card and then got it to boot - card wasn't seated right.
Not sure if I have floppy hooked up right, had to borrow cable from another pc cause I didn't have one- is it ridge on ide connector up? There's an arrow on the left of the socket, which I assumed was for the red/wire/pin 1 - also, do I use the twisted one (two plug floppy cable)
Not sure if floppy drive is the issue, as I get partway through boot before it then just starts again....I looked at the bios and changed a couple of things (had to reset clock cause I'd replaced battery) and disabled the scsi option - I had a scsi controller in there previously but didn't bring it with me.
It has Roxio goback on it - since there were so many hardware changes I couldn't see much point in it being enabled right now, so turned it off. Can't undo that, and can't revert it - probably a risk.
Should I disconnect EVERYTHING new or old, except the hdd and video card, or will that freak it more?
I've tried a couple of different safe mode boots, but I'm still not getting past the 'loading windows' bar, then it restarts.
Any ideas/clues/suggestions appreciated.