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I just bought a new/used system from craigslist. It's an EVGA 133-K8-NF41 with 1 gig of DDR 400, WD 250 gig hd, (2) BFG 6600 GT OC's, 1 currently installed, and Lexa case with 500watt power supply. I saw the thing in action before I bought it, saw the graphics in American Army, or some game like that, and it worked fine. It already had XP installed, but when I try to format it, I can't boot to the CDROM unless the hd is disconnected, and if I connect the hd it's reognized in BIOS, will boot to old Xp installation, but I can't boot to CD, said that already. I tried, foolishly, to disconnect the SATA connector to the hd, and booted to XP CD, and when it started loading from the disk, reconnected the SATA cable, and started a quick format of hd. Now I can't boot to HD at all, but still it's detected in BIOS. I downloaded the manual for my mobo, but it doesn't cover troubleshooting....Any ideas would be greatly appreciated, I am new to SATA and don't know how to setup any of it. Let me know what your thoughts are, TIA,
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you need to load the sata drivers at teh beginning of setup (when you see PRESS f6 to load scsi drivers)
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Supposed I do that, I still can't boot to the CD when the HD is connnected. And are the SATA drivers on the mobo disk that I don't have?
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And are the SATA drivers on the mobo disk that I don't have?


Go to the website of the company that made your motherboard. Usually they will have a list of downloads for SATA drivers for different types of motherboards.
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