i had a custom "nova" computer given to me. the motherboard is an ABIT-BE6-II. i have read many good things about this motherboard. the particular items that i like are the Fcable and s-video ports. i tested the hard drive and power supply on a separate computer, so i know that they work. this is my first "real" project. there is no internet connection supplied to the unit. only mouse, keyboard, and monitor. the hard drive is a maxtor with 30GB storage and xp installed. the power supply is a viomax ATX model AT500.N ITEMW606. additional information written on it are as follows; INPUT: 100V-127V/6A 60 Hz 200V-240V/3A 50 Hz OUTPUT: +3.3V +5V +12V -12V -5V +5VSb MAX(A): 30A 50A 25A 0.8A 0.5A 2.0A OUTPUT: 500W i am fairly confident that i have everything connected properly, with the exception of the hard drive. the only vacant ribbon cable was assumed to be the hard drive connection. when i tested the computer, it showed several screens. none of them were the typical windows screen that i am familiar with. then, it displayed a screen similar to this: Diskette Drive B: None Serial Port(s): 3FB IDE Pri. Master None Parallel Port(s): 37B IDE Pri. Slave None SDRam at Rows: 0 1 IDE Sec. Mast r None IDE Sec. Slave None PCI Device listing Device Class IDE Controller Serial Bus Controller Simple Comm Controller Network Controller Multimedia Device Multimedia Device Multimedia Device Mass Storage Controller Mass Storage Controller Display Controller ACPI Controller verifying DMI pool data......... after over half an hour of seeing this screen, i decided that it may never change. was i wrong for thinking this way? should i have levft it alone and given it more time to process? do any of you experts who have encountered this type of situation have any advice that could help me get this computer to where it is operating properly?