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Help With A Home-built Computer


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#1 vedasisme

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 12:36 AM

I just put together a new computer myself for the first time, and I can't get the thing to work now...

I set up the BIOS priority to boot from the CD drive, and installed windows that way, and then I used the disc that came with the motherboard (Gigabyte brand) to install the drivers, and it made the pc restart a couple times to install...and now it complains for the windows boot disc whenever i try to boot, and attempts to install windows again...

but then it thinks i don't have a hard drive connected!

So i went back into the BIOS and made the hard-drive higher priority to boot from...but it didn't fix the problem.

I'm in a real bind, because the disc that came with the motherboard is a system restore utility but apparently the partitions I used when I installed Windows are full.

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#2 vedasisme

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 12:38 AM

Um...please disregard this post. I tried hitting escape to cancel the attempt to boot from CD, and I was able to select Windows Normal boot from a subsequent menu. I feel really silly!

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 01:05 AM

If you would not mind elaborating on how you solved the problem. I am sure someone else could benefit from your experience.
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Posted 14 July 2007 - 11:07 AM

well basically there would be a screen after the POST screen where the computer would attempt to boot from the CD drive, and I canceled it with esc. I have to do this every time the computer starts up, so I'm not sure how to stop that, perhaps if I go into the BIOS settings again...

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 04:22 PM

I think you are correct that this is a BIOS setting issue, but perhaps not. If you want, please make a copy of your boot.ini file and post it here for me to review.

FIRST
  • Start
  • right click on My Computer
  • Properties
  • Advanced tab
  • Startup and Recovery 'Settings'
  • hit the EDIT button
This will open your boot.ini file.

NEXT
Copy the contents.
  • ctrl + A (to select all)
  • ctrl + C (to copy highlighted text)
NEXT

Reply to this thread, and press "ctrl + V" (to paste copied text)
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#6 vedasisme

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 04:53 PM

actually, at this point, my computer had suddenly started powering OFF as soon as Windows XP starts to boot...

and now it's back to the original problem, and I can't cancel it with escape! I'm posting from a different computer at the moment. I don't know what to do!

edit:
I tried a hard-reboot, and then i managed to attempt to start windows again...

only the blue loading bar under the windows XP logo was moving very slowly...i don't know if this means I damaged the hard drive some how?

After a few minutes, the computer self-reboots again and goes back to asking for a CD system disk.


EDIT 2:

Guess what, I turned off the computer for about 5 minutes, and after trying again, the computer boots up fine.

I don't know what's going on at all.


To Albert Frankenstein:

Here is what i found:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

Edited by vedasisme, 14 July 2007 - 05:46 PM.


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Posted 15 July 2007 - 10:47 AM

bump; even if my computer works some of the time, i want it to work 100% of the time.

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Posted 16 July 2007 - 02:44 AM

Perhaps your computer is overheating? Make sure all your fans are running okay and that any heatsinks are correctly installed. SpeedFan should give you some info on system temps.
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Posted 17 July 2007 - 09:41 AM

In the end, it turns out that my brand of motherboard has 2 primary plugs for a master hard drive.

Apparently, one is more primary than the other. Switching primary plugs for the HDD solved the problem completely.

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 09:49 AM

You have 2 IDE channel with each having a Master and Slave. The Primary channel should be closest to the floppy port on the motherboard.
It feels nice when it all comes together, does it not? :thumbsup:
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Posted 17 July 2007 - 01:18 PM

Thanks for posting your solution it helps us and others in the future. Glad it all worked out :thumbsup:
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