it was just one thing after another, the sata ports were not picking up the HDD connection consistently so henceforth error "no bot device", the USB 3.0 and 2.0 weren't picking up the drive i had stuck in consistently, The ODD sata cable had to be disconnected for it to see the hdd in a different port consistently..one time, it said my HDD was failing SMART, the memory slots were good though. it was a nightmare,,,but in a way, the nightmare was a learning experience and I know alot more than i did before wrangling with it, so, i guess that was a good thing in the end. But after it was all done , i said, "E-Nuff" and got it to booting consistently with Win7 32 bit and left it on the heap.
My stock DELL MoBo from an Inspiron 530 socket 775 is humming along as a triple boot number with each OS on its own HDD. ..with the ODD occupying the last sata port. That board is making me happy now. Unfortunately, it is the variety that can only take a dual core, so i stuck an e8600 in it after updating BIOS.
And when i insert a usb stick in it, it picks it right up..on time..everytime
Edited by synergy513, 08 June 2017 - 08:41 PM.