Thanks for the useful tips. Tried a few things with the 2 memory sticks and cleaned them down. Hey presto the system now works.
Problem now is that the passwod for windows XP has locked out so I cannot get into the system. I'm now looking at just getting a replacement hard drive and reloading windows onto it. Any other suggestions before I buy the HDD??
Graphics or Memory Problem. You could try reseat memory. as for Graphic, ir would mean getting a Graphicscard that will work with that Motherboard. But you need to know what Graphics slots it as. It may only support a Old PCI graphics. These you can stil get at Computer Fairs
If you do end up having to reinstall windows theres no need to buy another hard drive. Just start the PC with the CDROM as the first boot device and with the windows disk in it and format the hard drive before reinstalling windows.
What a calamity with this PC. My own blew up (power pack) at the weekend. I have tried to salvage one PC from the two I had. Curently I have a Athlon XP2000 (1633mhz) with 1GB PC2700 RAM and 128mb Graphic Card fitted. The problem now is as follows. The computer starts up it goes through the boot up and the windows xp logo comes up on the monitor - then just as you expect the full xp welcome to apear -the monitor switches off and says 'no signal'. The computer keeps running but no graphics. I have tried BIOS and put CD as 1st device and loaded the xp CD into the drive - but nothing gets any further than the monito switching off.