Posted 02 November 2007 - 02:14 PM
The boot options in your BIOS...and the drive recognition section...must be accurate and reflect the drives you currently have attached/installed. Some systems do this automatically, on some users must manually trigger autodetection in the BIOS and it will then recognize the drives.
Go into the main page of the BIOS and look at the data there. If it is accurate, leave it alone. If not, then the BIOS screen for that page should provided details on what you have to do to redetect drives. In mine, I hit the F3 key (I think) and it does the autodetect. After the BIOS properly detects, leave that screen properly, and hit F10 to save the changes you have made. If you don't save them, you'll just go through the same drill again.
I myself would not put the boot drive on the same IDE cable that the optical drive is on, since I've never had a shortage of cables or IDE hard drive connectors.
You've been playing with jumpers...leave the jumpers for both drives set at the C/S position. You can use master/slave but C/S is the default setting from the factories, now that we no longer use the old 40-pin, 40-wire IDE cables.
If you want to boot from the optical drive, make sure that it is the 1st boot option. On some old BIOSes, I have had to make it the first, second, and third before the system would react properly and boot from the CD. It really doesn't matter which course you elect, since you will change your boot options again once XP is installed.
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