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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.
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.
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:
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.
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"
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.
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...