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How experienced are you at assembling computers? First one?
You'll need to configure your computer motherboard's BIOS. This is a tiny program which gets the hardware up and running at a very low level. Among other things, the BIOS determines what boot devices are tried out and in what order.
The exact way to enter BIOS configuration and how to do the configuration is specific to the motherboard, but you should at the very start some instructions on how to at least enter BIOS configuration. Usually it's done by pressing "delete", or sometimes by pressing "<F1>". Just press the relevant key every second or so if you're unsure exactly when you need to press it.
Then, the BIOS configuration screen will show up. Somewhere among the various options will be somewhere to tell it what devices to boot off of. Ideally, you want it to:
1. First try to boot off of CD
2. Next try to boot off of Hard Drive
You may want to have it attempt to boot off of floppy drive first, if you have a floppy drive.
Bios is set to boot off of floppy, cd than master hard drive... and as its loading before i get the error messege, where it shows the hardware, It shows the Western Digital 80GB drive, so i assume its recognizing it.
Nevermind, I believe i have it working, mixed IDE cables up.. lol, and CDrom wasnt even plugged in, my god *slaps head*
Anyway, installing win98 right now (gonna keep my collection of games on windoze) and then gonna create a partition for Mandrake 9.2 It is taking forever for windoze to format the 80 gig hard drive, its been 5 minutes, and its only at about 12%, is this normal when installing windoze? Ive always gotten Win installed on my older comps, Ive only installed linux.