My desktop previously ran Windows XP Professional on a 10GB hard drive. I needed more space so I just plugged in a 40 GB hard drive and removed the older one. I set the 40 GB hard drive jumpers to cable select. Then I turned on the computer and pressed DELETE to enter the CMOS SETUP UTILITY. Under BIOS Features Setup I changed the boot sequence to: "CDROM, C, A" so I can boot up with my Windows XP Home CD. I saved and exited, popped the WIN XP Home CD in the drive and I get this message:
" Detecting IDE Primary Master ...[Press F4 to skip]_ "
Nothing happens. I waited for almost an hour and still nothing happens. I pressed F4, but still nothing. The only option I have is to press the DELETE key to enter the CMOS Setup Utility.
My question is: How can I install Windows XP Home Edition to my new 40 GB hard drive? I double checked to make sure the jumpers on the CD ROM drive were set to Master and the other set to Slave. Those are working fine. The only time I get the message, "Press any key to Boot from CD..." is when I put my old 10GB back in and remove the 40 GB HDD, so I know the CD works properly and the settings should be correct. I even tried changing the 40 GB HDD jumper to Master and still the same problem.
thanks a billion!