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Old 09-27-2004, 07:04 PM   #16
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yes. switch the hdd and cdrom cables.
 
Old 09-27-2004, 07:10 PM   #17
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thanx trying it now
 
Old 09-27-2004, 07:12 PM   #18
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Nope, It didn't work...
 
Old 09-27-2004, 07:41 PM   #19
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HELP ME!!!!!! This computer is DEAD untill I do SOMETHING that lets me boot the installation disk!!
 
Old 09-27-2004, 08:52 PM   #20
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mchsrifle189 -- while we have all been in similarly frustrating situations, please keep in mind that everyone here is a volunteer, and therefore demanding or insisting that people help you is inappropriate.

That being said, the advice already offered here all sounds useful. If you have confirmed that your BIOS sequence is correct, and that the cable connections are correct, and that your boot image is not corrupted, then that pretty much covers the obvious choices. Are the jumper settings on your CD correct, and is the CD drive recognized in BIOS? -- J.W.
 
Old 09-28-2004, 02:57 PM   #21
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Sorry for the Impatience it's just that I have been stumped by this problem for about two weeks now.... What are Jumper settings and how do you check in the BIOS whether or not the CD Drive is recognized. Again sorry for the Impatience and Thanx for all the help.
 
Old 09-28-2004, 03:32 PM   #22
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in the BIOS it will list all the IDE devices you have hooked up to the MB. for example, my computer:

primary master: maxtor hdd 40GB
primary slave: samsung CDRW 40x
secondary master: DVD 16x
secondary slave: (none)

look for something like this and see if your cdrom drive is listem correctly. in addition, you need to find the boot order - something called "boot sequence" - but it depends on your BIOS. again, example of my computer:

1: samsung cdrw 40x
2: floppy
3: maxtor hdd 40GB
4: other

look for something like that and make sure the cdrom drive you're trying to boot is on top. with regard to setting as "primary" and "secondary", "master" and "slave", you have to change jumper settings and also where things are plugged in. on the MB it will probably say "IDE0", "IDE1", etc. "IDE0" is primary, ...you get the picture. with jumper setting, take out your drives and look at the sticker they put on top - it's a good guide to setting the jumper settings. if you don't know what a jumper is they're little pieces of metal with plastic around them that complete circuits and go in the back of a drive.

anyways, experiment with this until the settings in the BIOS are correct and work in your favor. sorry, i'm not sure of your exact hardware config so i can't be really specific.
 
Old 09-28-2004, 03:36 PM   #23
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Alright thanx... Ill try to get somemore info for you and hopefully I can figure this out sometime in the next three to five years... lol
 
Old 09-28-2004, 03:39 PM   #24
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Hey should the IDE controller be set to Disabled, Primary, Secondary or Both????
 
Old 09-28-2004, 04:07 PM   #25
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i would guess if you're using both ide controllers, set it to both. or just set it to both anyways.

why, what was it set to?
 
Old 09-28-2004, 04:12 PM   #26
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WE HAVE A CHANGE!!!

I switched some things around inside the computer and changed the IDE controller to Disabled now it is showing me Operating System Not Found. Is this better or worse than Invalid System Disk. Am I heading in the right general direction to getting this thing working?

BTW right now my Hardware settings in the IDE menu are blank with the IDE Controller set to Disabled and when it is set on both it shows MAXTOR 91296d6- (PM) as the Primary Master and ATAPI CD-Rom: PCRW804- (SM) as the Secondary Master. When I set the IDE Controller to Disabled Or Secondary it shows "No Operating System Found" when it is set as Both or Primary it shows "Invalid System Disk"
 
Old 09-28-2004, 04:18 PM   #27
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"no OS" might be an improvement.

in the BIOS set it to Secondary only, try to boot the CD just as a test. that way, the hdd doesn't interfere with anything. not that it should, but i'm curious if the CD would boot with the cdrom enabled only.
 
Old 09-28-2004, 04:25 PM   #28
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I set it to Secondary and put the CD in the drive and restarted the computer it goes thru the part where you can enter the BIOS from and then goes to " NO OS"
 
Old 09-28-2004, 04:30 PM   #29
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wow, your computer is being pretty difficult.

did you try switching the ide cables so that the cdrom is primary master? try this and make sure the cdrom drive registers as primary master in the BIOS. then try booting to the cd with the hdd plugged in and and also try with it not plugged in. also try with enabling and disabling different combinations in the BIOS (i.e. primary, secondary, both, disabled).

the longer this goes on the more i begin to wonder if the ide controller on your MB is bad...
 
Old 09-28-2004, 04:33 PM   #30
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to boot to a cd do i have to press a certain button during start up or should it do it automatticcly(spelled horribly wrong)
 
  


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