i'm building a computer from some old parts and new ones that i've bought. it's gone smoothly so far, but i've ran into quite a hitch. the specs are....
amd 64 3000+ processor
abit socket 939 motherboard
powmax 450 watt power supply and case
768 gigs of ram
one 40 gig hard drive (from an older computer, containing files and boot info for winxp)
one 160 gig drive, containing only music and video files that i'm willing to lose
EVGA e-GeForce 6200 graphics card, 256mb ram
cheap crt monitor
basically, i plug everything in and turn it on, and 9 times out of 10 i don't get a image on my monitor. i've got the graphics card installed right and everything, but i rarely get a picture of the bios. and when i do, i can't figure out how to allow the bios to boot from my IDE device, so i can boot from the winxp reinstall cd.
any ideas as to why this kind of stuff happens?