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#1 RADIUM-V Interactive

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 10:17 PM

So, my friend got this really nice computer that he and I are putting together:

Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ 2.80GHz
Memory: 4GB Corsair DHX XMS2 Dominator Dual Channel PC6400 DDR2 800Mhz Memory (4x1gb sticks)
Hard Drive: 500GB SATA
Power Supply: Ultra / X3 / 1000-Watt / ATX / SATA-Ready / PCI-E Ready / Modular Power Supply
Video Card: 2 x EVGA GeForce 8800 Ultra / 768MB DDR3 running in SLI
Case: Thermaltake Bach VX Black ATX Mid-Tower Case with Clear Side
Monitor: 22'' Acer Widescreen LCD, 5ms, 700:1, 300cd/m2
Sound Card: Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
Speakers/Headphones: Klipsch 2.1 ProMedia THX Certified, Steel Series 5H V2 Headphones w/mic
Keyboard: Logitech G15
Mouse: Logitech G5 Gaming Laser (2000dpi)
Operating System: Windows Vista Ultimate x64 and Windows XP Home SP2

We started it up with the Windows XP install disc in the first drive, and we got the boot screen, and then it says something along the lines of "No system disk, instert system disk and press enter"

We don't have a floppy disk drive installed. The SATA DVD drives are being found in the BIOS settings as their manufacturer name, so it's finding the drives, but it's not :thumbsup:

Any help here? I know how to do a network install, but I don't have the resources to do it here. This is really a big pain because I want to see this computer in action!

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 11:20 PM

You mention "drives" are you sure that you have the disc in the proper optical drive? Is this drive set as the first device in the boot order?

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Posted 25 August 2007 - 01:01 AM

We sorta figured it out, sorta.

We installed temporarily an old IDE dvd drive and were able to install Vista.

It still doesn't boot from the SATA disc drives though...

And yes, the boot order was set with CD-ROM then Hard Drive, with the first connected optical drive as the first drive to boot from.

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Posted 25 August 2007 - 07:45 AM

You likely need to install the SATA drivers for your motherboard's controllers (so that Windows can work with the drives). They should be available from the manufacturer of the motherboard.
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Posted 25 August 2007 - 07:47 AM

If you havent done so yet you need to install the SATA drivers that came with the drives BEFORE you install windows.1. Find the drivers for your SATA Copy the files you got to the root directory of a floppy or CD. COPY THE ACTUAL DRIVER FILES AND .INF FILES, NOT THE TXTSETUP.OEM!!! Vista does NOT recognize txtsetup.oem files, or files that are not in the root of a disk for driver detection!!!
Boot from your Vista install DVD.
When you are at the "select where to install Vista" screen, click the driver button, making sure the cd or floppy you made in step 3 is in the drive.
Select the appropriate item from the list of drivers found.

If you selected the correct driver, your SATA drives should now be available to install Vista on. If not, go back and pick a different driver until you do.

From a Google search: Installing Vista on SATA. Link


Edit: 2 Thanks Usasma, Found it when googling :thumbsup:

Edited by Sneakycyber, 25 August 2007 - 07:56 AM.

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Posted 25 August 2007 - 07:55 AM

Vista has a little "clicky" thing for loading drivers - but, as with XP, it's not very obvious and easily overlooked.
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Posted 25 August 2007 - 11:05 AM

Sneakycyber, that would have worked if we could load the cd with the drivers to begin with, and if it were the HDD that we were having problems with. The HDD was found and working perfectly - the problem is the optical drives (and those, other than a network install, would be the only way to get any sort of data onto the HDD).

At any rate, Vista is installed onto our SATA HDD (using the IDE optical drive) and it finds both optical disc drives in Explorer, and they both work. We just can't boot from them.

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Posted 27 August 2007 - 04:41 AM

Ahh I just noticed that it said IDE DVD drive not IDE HDD. Your right on that one. I will look around for problems with the SATA DVD drives.. What kind of motherboard is it and what kind of drives are they?

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Posted 27 August 2007 - 11:29 AM

The motherboard is an EVGA 590 SLI Motherboard.

This one.

Last time I checked, the drives were LITE-ON DVD-RAM drives. I'm not sure of the model numbers.

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Posted 27 August 2007 - 06:49 PM

My MSI motherboard is a bit finicky with booting from SATA DVD's - it requires that you wait until just a particular moment in time to press the correct key. My workaround is to set the DVD as the first boot device and let it handle it.
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