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#1 rodsupply

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 06:59 PM

i need some help bad from somebody who has built new computers before. i built my first one in the last few weeks, i bought a new 250gb pata 100, bought new cpu and heatsink andfan , also bought new older gigabyte mb intel D915PBL, LGA775, ALSO bought new card reader in place of floppy drive sice nobody uses them anymore. i bought a new windows xp home edition, original not upgrade.now i started to put the software on but it came with a harddisk to start with and a booklet. iput the disk in the cd-rom and a flashing dash came up and then said to reboot or put in media device, well i did not know exactly what that meant. i just thought it meant my xp software. well that did not work so it took me forever to get in the bios and was not sure what i was doing in there. i saw a bunch of sata stuff and 2 pata things, well i knew i wanted pata, but it was on slave, well i fig. out how to get it on master.i rebooted and the computer said windows setup and started, i thought i had it but it started downloading and i said allright! but it only went so far and stopped and said cannot find harddrive or not connected properly. said to quit press f3. so that was the end of a good thing then. i would like somebody to tell me in laymans terms how to fix this and get my software on my new compter, even bought new case with blue leds, i know this will be hot if i can get it going. any help would be very much apreciated. thanx rodsupply

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 08:15 PM

Try reading the following first...then attempting install:

Motherboard Manual

XP Clean Install, Stevens - http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

Clean Install Procedure with Illustrative Screen Captures - http://www.theeldergeek.com/xp_home_install_-_graphic.htm

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 07:28 PM

Hamluis i apreciate your help however i cannot make heads out of tails here, this board only has 1 ide, and 1 floppy drive connection. there is no place to hook up the hdd. it is a pata 100 ide, not a sata but board has 4 sata connections. do i have to have a sata hdd or how can i hook it up. the manual you sent to me was helpful but nothing about hooking up the hdd. also again this is not a upgrade, this is a new verison. is the hdd i bought not compatable? again this board is a intel gigibyte d915pbl. i am at my wits end with this damn thing.i have not noticed what version it is but the computer i am on now is close to the same one, maybe earlier version. thats how i kinda fig. out what board to order and could afford.i don't think the hdd can hook in the floppy connection, i don't have a floppy drive, instead i put a card reader in place where the floppy went. so i have a cd-rom and a cd-writer and card reader and thats it. do you by chance where i can get a pictorial and wiring diagram or do you know what i should do.again any help would be so appreciated. thanx rodsupply@live.com

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 09:31 PM

You can use the link below to read a very simple article for installing a IDE hdd, it has images which will help you understand the parts that you may not be familiar with.

http://www.helpwithpcs.com/upgrading/install-hard-drive.htm

In order to boot from the installation CD you may need to enter the BIOS and change the boot order so that the optical drive (DVD/CD-ROM) is the first device in the boot order.

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