Okay, to start out with, here are the specs for my new comp: MSI K8n Neo4 mobo AMD Athlon 64 3200+ processor 1 GB (2x 512) Corsair Value RAM EVGA e-GeForce 4 6600 GT Video card ASPIRE 520W PSU 80 GB Western Digital Caviar HDD (SATA, slave) 40 GB Western Digital Caviar HDD (IDE, Master, old HDD with Windows) SONY FDD Micro Advantage CD+/-R/RW DVD+/-R/RW (basically, does everything) Thermaltake Tsunami case. Now for the exciting part: :bounce: I put everything together, started it up, and alas... it just stayed on the startup screen for the [mobo?] which says ('Platinum'). I checked, and the keyboard was inactive, then looked in the back of the computer where the D-Bracket is (in case you don't know, the D-Bracket uses a variety of combinations of red/green LEDs to tell you what your computer is doing during startup. A very convenient tool when your computer doesn't work.) The code which was shown between the 4 LEDs translated into 'Early Chipset initialization'. I left it for a while, came back, and it was still not working. I restarted the comp several times, but always the same. The next day, however, I turned it on, and everything worked - Except Windows (XP), but that was because, as I soon realized, it was from a Windows Restore disk from eMachines (my old computer, the one I'm using now). However, I retrieved a real retail version of XP and installed it on that computer. It worked. Kind of. A large number of files were missing, not installed. But anyways, I restarted the computer for some reason, and... [take a wild guess here] Early Chipset Initialization. Stuck. So I put the HDD back into my eMachine, started it up, and it was fine (hey, I'm usin it now)... i had to reinstall Windows to get all those missing files. I'm not sure if the fact that they weren't installed had anything to do with the new computer, or just the disk being wierd. I have gotten my friend's HDD to work in the computer twice, but both times after restarting once or twice for various reasons, it just didn't go - stuck on ECI. So, therein lies my perdicament. I realize that there are many, many things that could be wrong, but I'm just hoping that someone may be able to think of something. Thank you in advance for your help, it is much appreciated.