The problem as i see it..
I got a new mobo, my old one burnt itself up and because i'm a poor unemployed student i bought a cheap (but apparently reliable) MS-3678. But it comes with an on-board Trident Blade vid card, i was suspicious at first because i hadn't read anything at all good about the brand.. but i need a running pc, the sooner, the cheaper, the better.
So anyway i installed debian 3.1 from a netinst disk and it all worked fine, i was working away in a console grabbing everything i needed to get up an running properly but then horror i installed x-window-system and gnome and had to restart my pc and when it came back i had no keyboard and no screen. No keyboard = no way of getting to the error messages
Anyway figuring i'd screwed up somewhere i thought oh well i'll give it another go (the morning after), so i re-formatted did a fresh install and thought maybe stable didn't have the drivers i needed... so i tried unstable... then i tried testing... and it still happens regardless. I also used both the 2.4 and 2.6 series kernel on the CD to see if that changed anything... but it didn't.
Without the error messsages i really haven't got a clue what's broken so i'm hoping someone else might have a clue.
AMD Athlon 1800XP on MS-3678 mobo
on board trident blade (Windows picks it up as a Trident Video Accelerator Blade 3D/ProMedia, debian testing with x.org picked it up as a CyberBlade)
120 + 200gb hdd's