I' been reading another thread where someone has nearly the same problem. My cpu is a 850 athalon with 640 ram 20 gb hd and 5 gb hd and Windows XP with XP2 upgrade that has been put together using used parts. All was well until about 2 weeks ago. My computer started switching to a blue screen. After several re formats with the 6-disk start up disk (seemed to make a difference if it was formatted with the cd or the disk; go figure) the computer was revived. Everything was reinstalled and running well. Last night during a restart the computer started hanging prior to windows installing. A gray screen is all that would appear (again, go figure). I started to reinstall and the Windows xp disk tried to repair the problem. It then opened windows. Great!!! Not. I restarted and got the message" ultra 100 bios is not installed because there were no devices attached). I hooked up another hard drive but there was no change. I would add that sometime during this journey (before the gray screen) a message was added paraphrasing because the message disappears quickly, "due to using a 40-conductor ultra 33 is being installed use a 80-condutor for ultra 66" (I am not sure what is the issue but the last message mentions ultra 100 (go figure). Is my computer hosed?