Ok I have built a new PC and it won't load windows on the new harddrive!
BIOS recognizes all drives, and I flashed the BIOS with the newest version.
Here's the problem: I have a brand new Seagate 250gig harddrive ATA100 hooked up, and I have tried to format it and load windows XP. When the system boots it shows "Error loading OS". when i boot from the XP cd it boots up in the blue windows xp screen and when it gets to "Press Enter to Setup Windows xp now", it freezes when you hit enter. I can't even get to the screen to check the partition or re-format it there. I have also tried loading Windows 98, as I hear that can help, but still didn't work. I got a little further, but it still showed errors when going through the process after pretending to reformat the harddrive. Seems some how there is not proper communication somewhere. I have also tried to format the harddrive first with the seagate software. I don't know what to do. Note: this harddrive has not been loaded on any other computer. always shows "Error loading OS" when it tries to boot up, unless it boots from a CD-rom, then it doesn't do what it should when it is supposed to communicate with the harddrive. The harddrive is a ATA100, and I know the mother board also supports SATA. but I don't think this would cause this, assuming it also supports IDE/ATA drives? I have loaded windows on other hard drives in the past. I have also tried to reformat other drives i have.
What I have done:
-Checked jumpers on drives. (harddrive is primary master, cd-rom is secondary slave)
-Flashed BIOS with newest version.
-Tried to load Windows XP and 98. no luck...
-Tried to reformat other harddrives. (a 40gig drive) no luck...
My PC specs:
-ASROCK 939socket SLI-32 motherboard
-AMD 3700+ 2.2 ghtz processor
-7300GS video card
-ATX case/ATX 520watt power supply
Any advice will help. I have been reading other posts. Thanks