Question about SuperMicro Pentium III Xeon (TMR-004) Processor Board
LOADS OPERATING SYSTEM, AFTER A FEW MINUTES CRASHES AND STARTS OVER.
SUPERMICRO S2DGE XEON PENTIUM III 700MZ SET TO 7 ON MOTHERBOARD FOR CORE BUS RATIO, GOOD PC-100 MEMORY, GOOD HARD DRIVES,
SAME SET UP ON ANOTHER COMPUTER, USING SCSI DRIVE CARD AND NO IDE PCI DRIVES, 450MZ PII XEONS.
MOST UP TO DATE BIOS FROM SUPERMICRO.
First off, please use proper case. All upper case makes it look like you are shouting. Thanks.
Try removing everything you can possibly remove from the outside other than the monitor. Remove any cards inside not needed to boot (sound, NIC, modem, etc.).
Disconnect mouse and keyboard, too if it will boot without a keyboard. Some systems will halt at the BIOS screen without a keyboard.
When you have a minimum config for booting, boot and see if it stays on. If so, one of the items disconnected is the culprit.
If not, reconnect keyboard (if disconnected) and boot into Safe mode by tapping F8 after BIOS screen. See if it will stay on in safe mode. If it will stay on in safe mode, problem is O/S.
If it won't stay on in safe mode, see how long it will stay on at the BIOS screen. If it will stay on indefinitely, you could have flaky RAM or possibly hard drive. Power off, unplug power cable, remove hard drive and see if you can boot to the Windows CD. If it will boot up to Starting Windows and stay on, probably not RAM although that is not a definitive test. At that point, I'd try another hard drive and see if the O/S will install or try wiping and reloading the original hard drive.
Let me know if you need more help.
Posted on Jan 17, 2009
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