Athlon 64 3500+
1 Gig of RAM
200 Gig hard drive
Anything else you need to know about it to answer my questions, I'll try to help find the answer, I don't know too much about the specs because I bought it less than 24 hours ago.
Anyway, so my dad and I opened up the computer to add a plain CD drive and also my 120 Gig Maxtor drive. The drive worked fine externally, but the enclosure was old and I really wanted to have it inside of my pc. But Gateway has it set up that anything you want to install internally you have to buy all kinds of [bleep] for.. The cables were set up in such a way that it's impossible to add another drive. Although, CD drive, didn't seem to be much of a problem.
So we started it up with the 120gig drive as Slave and also the CD drive as slave. The computer started up, went to DOS and then said "Boot from CD:" and just stopped. I didn't have anything in the CD drive, so I have no idea what happened. We ended up taking out both the 120 drive and the extra CD slave drive, putting EVERYTHING back to the way it was when we first got it, and STILL, we have that problem.
I tried checking out the bios, and it's set up as CD first, then Hard drive, then removeable, then the graphic card (starts with an N, I seriously cannot remember the name of the card) called like, Nvidad Boot Age. So I made sure everything seemed normal, didn't edit anything, and just reset the BIOS to 'optimized default'. Still had the same problem.
There's also one other option that I can try, which is changing the boot sequence temporarily. I tried booting from CD first, which resulted in the original problem. Then I tried hard drive first, and it froze as well. There are no removables, and the Nvidad thing froze up too.
I also tried to put in the recovery disk to try to reinstall Windows, and it read the CD, but it won't allow me to reinstall. It seems that when the program is dealing with the partition that Gateway sets up, it says that there's a problem with some corrupted file.
I really don't know what to do other than what I've tried. I could really use some help--I just spent $600+ dollars on a PC YESTERDAY and taking it to the shop would be utterly annoying and also very hefty to my wallet. So if there's anything that you guys can help me with, I'd really appreciate it.