Hello my name is Josh and I would really appreciate anyone's input on this:
I've recently decided to put together my own computer. It's cool how I saved money buying the separate parts, and the process of putting everything together has been a good learning experience so far. The only problem is, after finally ordering Windows XP Professional x64 bit, and inserting in the CD/DVD-ROM for that moment of glory, the BIOS still tells me that it's failing to boot the disk.
Here are my specs:
Gigabyte S-series model P35C-DS3R motherboard http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/...ProductID=2551
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 CPU (2.4 GHz) http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/p...682&lid=585550
NVIDIA e-GeForce 8600 GTS Graphics Card http://www.nvidia.com/object/geforce_8600.html
Western Digital SATA 300 MB/s, 400 GB Disk Space, 16 MB Cache, 7200 RPM Hard Drive http://www.cheapstingybargains.com/3...d-125-shipped/
Samsung SH-S203B DVD Writer http://www.samsung.com/in/products/o...s/sh_s203b.asp
Thermaltake Purepower 500W Power Supply http://www.thermaltake.com/product/P...94/w009394.asp
Antec Nine Hundred Ultimate Gamer Case http://www.antec.com/us/productDetails.php?ProdID=15900
As I scroll through the BIOS I'm using an old Compaq keyboard from a piece of history...waiting until the operating system is up before I install my wireless Logitech keyboard. I set my priority boot device as the CD-ROM Device in Advanced BIOS Screen, as the manual tells me this is all I really need to do before the blue screen pops up about partitioning hard disk space for Windows Professional. Can you think of any of these components not being compatible with the x64 bit operating system? I heard (rumors?) that certain optical drives were required for this x64 Professional (is this Samsung compatible?). ...I also noticed on the NVIDIA page about the 8600 graphics card that it is classified under a "32" rate for "stream processing" if you look at the top of the table...this mean anything???...Just to let you know I wore the anti-static wrist attachment while assembling and applied a nice even layer of thermal paste to the processor as directed.
Even though after every check in the BIOS for about twenty times running it (before I got the operating system, just to check out the BIOS) the temp always reads in the low 30's C, there was one point when I was checking the temp of the CPU in the BIOS that I noticed the temp was reaching heights of 70 C. I realized that I had bumped the case in plugging it in again and because of this the CPU FAN wasn't entirely on (the fan was still running though)...two of its thick corner plastic screws were loose, while two remained on strong...so even though the fan was running I think that made it lose heat. So I got freaked out and shut off the comp (So all in all the CPU was running at temperatures up to 70 C for about 12 seconds), screwed the CPU Fan more firmly on the motherboard, and it was back in business reading a constant 33 C after the first test. Although I don't believe this is a big deal, I thought I'd mention it to anyone of you kind souls who are thinking of a cure. I heard that even though a healthy CPU temp is anything under 40 C, I also hear CPU's can withstand a lot and that it reaching temps up to 70 for a short amount of time doesn't cause any permanent damage. I have never run power to my CPU with the fan not connected/running at all...I've heard that does damage CPU's within seconds.
FYI about the operating system: I didn't obtain it from any big retailers like I did my other parts (Micro Center), but instead from a website called CietDirect.com, which sells cheap software. I found XP Pro x64 for $90! I'm pumped because it usually costs up to 299.99. The site seems legit (CietDirect.com
), even though the package didn't contain the blue Microsoft cardboard case like it shows on the web, but a disk in a soft, flimsy, black protective case reading in professional print:
English, Microsoft Windows XP Professional
(Product Key Required)
Student Media/Work At Home Media
End Item Part No. E85-03210
All use subject to volume license agreement. Do not make illegal copies of this disc. Not for retail or OEM Distribution. Not for resale.
It's layered in bronze/brown colors, with Microsoft logos and looks like the real deal (barcode and all). "Microsoft is indented/printed in gold on the sensitive part on the inside of the ring (where you flip it over on the info side and you see the thin ring near the center). I honestly think this is good stuff, but I thought I would mention this as well for your help.
- I'm hooking the power of my comp directly to a common 120V house outlet. (No surge protector as far as the computer power itself)
- The disk drive works: blinks green, opens, closes, reopens.
- LED's are sparkling blue, fans are flowing.
Everything seems to be going ok except for the bleepty statement that the BIOS system fails to boot the disk.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.