It's possible that your drive or your motherboard has died. Do you hear the drive spin up when you start the computer? Does it make any strange noises?
In order to troubleshoot this, you'll have to strip the system down to the minimum components needed to boot - and then try to boot from a DOS diskette. If it works, then the problem is elsewhere (in the stuff that you took out). If it doesn't work, then we'll have to troubleshoot what's left.
If that works, then add the hard drive back in and try to install Windows. Same thing as before - if it doesn't work (but worked with the DOS disk), then it's either the drive or the CD (and we presume that the CD is good since it never even got to it.
Here's what to do:
1) Run MemTest86 (free from here: http://www.memtest86.com/
) to verify that your RAM is good.
2) Unplug the system from the wall
3) Remove the side of the case
4) Ground yourself to the metal frame of the case
5) Take out everything but the following:
- Power Supply
- CPU, cooler, and fan
- Memory (presumed good)
- 1 video card
- Floppy drive
If it boots to DOS, then these components are presumed to be OK. Then add the pieces back in until it acts up on you. THe last piece added is probably the culprit.
If it doesn't boot to DOS, then the problem's in the list of components above. Since you've got another video card, try it first (swap them out) - after that it becomes a matter of trying different components until you find the faulty one.
Don't forget to check your motherboard for bad caps ( http://www.badcaps.net
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