From: Computerpilot on 12/05/2002
Agree with 'Hank'. It is a hardware issue. It would actually have been easier to diagnose with an operating system installed.
Recommend you look into the IRQs to be sure that there are not too many devices sharing one IRQ.
At this point, you can remove all PCI/ISA/USB devices and reinstall Windows. If you suspect your CDROM, disconnect it to install windows. Reconnect it after install to see if you have the same problems. If so, maybe your CDROM needs to be replaced (malfunctioning CDROMs may exibit this behavior).