Posted 27 October 2007 - 03:56 PM
okay, first, i am clearing the bios....then i return bios to normal...i attach a cdrom as secondary master, anew maxtor 40gb hdd fresh out of the package, no formatting or partitioning on it...i install 512mb ddr266 ram....attach monitor, mouse, keyboard....install northwood 2.4ghz cpu socket 478 and heatsink with fan.....then attach a 550w power supply to the mainboard and cdrom and hdd. I hook up the face of the pc case to the power supply switch. I then turn on pc and open bios to make cdrom the first boot up option. press f10 to save changes. I then insert winxp cd rom into cdrom drive and hit ctrl alt del to restart pc. .... win xp runs setup then i choose f8 to accept their conditions. I then choose to install winxp in the upartitioned disk space. It begins to format the partition at 20% then jumps to 100% and comes up with.....setup was unable to format the partition. The disk may be damaged. Make sure the drive is switched on and properly connected to your computer. If the disk is a SCSI drive make sure your devices are properly terminated. You must select a different partition for winxp.
I have gotten this with 3 different new hard drives.
I install new motherboards for customers all the time and have yet to have a problem with any except this one. I was hoping someone who had experience with this board could perhaps tell me why this one is not allowing the winxp cd to see the hard drive on the ide 1 channel. I have the cd hooked onto the ide2 channel. I will as I await your answer, be sure I try hooking the cdrom as a slave to harddrive on the ide 1 channel to be sure it is not the ide itself. I'm thinking I have tried that but I will again just to make sure. Should I also, perhaps try formatting and partitioning the drive first before I hook it into this motherboard? I do know that I used maxblast to check the hookup of the drive and it passed all the test through that, so I do know that maxblast could read and see the drive the way it is currently hooked up.