I have a Sparkle motherboard SPCTNF2ATX which I can't get to boot up. It gets to a point where it states hit DEL to enter bios setup and then stalls. There is a POST code of 52 showing but I don't know what it is telling me as POST codes are not shown in the manual
No, Nothing seems to let me get past the DEL to enter setup point The floppy or original Windows cd are not recognised. I have cleared cmos using the jumper with no effect. I does show the date incorrect and the CPU size completely wrong so cmos have been affected bu me clearing it, as expected.
Tried another keyboard and mouse, no better theough. I have prior to this reinstalled windows XP home. I was going to make some adjustments in the bios when this all happened. It stalls at DEL to enter set up.
ed-0 is quite correct, you need to strip it right back to motherboard, RAM, CPU and video card only and then see if the board will POST, (Power On Self Test).
If it does then you have a faulty hardware device, by adding them one at a time you should be able to determine which one it is.
If you have more than one RAM module try them one at a time and in different slots, it may also be an idea to run Memtest86 try click here for a download for a bootable floppy or bootable CD-ROM ISO.
If none of the above helps/works then you're probably looking at a defective motherboard, CPU, RAM module(s) or video card, not forgetting of course the PSU, whilst on the subject of PSU, do you have all the power connectors plugged in properly?
Suggest you take the side of the computer, Switch power of at Wall Socket, then remove the Motherboard Battery or there may be a jumper near it with three pins two covered by a jumper. put this on the other pin if there is one then put it back. It will clear CMOS and revert to Default settings