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Disk boot failure. insert system disk and press enter ?


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Clueless101

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today my parts arrived and i have managed to build my pc :whistling: as i have never done this before or anything like it i was very pleased but also very aware that i have probably done something wrong...
i wasnt able to connect the audio cables to the intergrated sound in the mobo but everything else seems to have gone to plan.
until i tried to turn it on.
it does work... kind of. i get the asus screen (asus mobo) flash up and the option to press delete to enter setup but then it goes to a black screen with the words
'Disk boot failure. insert system disk and press enter.'
on it and that is it. when i put a copy of windows XP Proffessional in the disk drive... and tap on f8 on startup to get onto the boot menu and then select to boot from dvd rom... it comes up with the same screen. what am i doing wrong? surely that is what it is asking for? or is that not a system disk?

incase this helps...
breif pc spec:
AMD Dual core
2Gb RAM
500Gb SATA HDD
580W Hiper Type R Series
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The computer is not seeing the hard drive. You may have to hit the F6 key and load sata drivers from a cd if possible. Check with the Asus website on procedure for sata drives. If it is not the Sata drivers thats the problem then it is probably the hard drive that is either bad or needs fdisking and formatting before you can load windows to the drive.

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thanks. i put my old hdd from my current pc in it and it started to load up normally. i got to the os selector and selected windows xp and it did the black pge with xp writen in the middle and the scrolling blue bar as it was loading but then it restarted agin and went back to the os selector??? really confused. will look on the asus website but does this sound like i may have wired something up wrong aswell?
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Hi Clueless101...

You can't start from the old HDD in the new machine as the OS was installed using another machine. You can probably get that one running by doing a repair installation of XP.

For the new hardware, SRX660 suggested SATA drivers...this may be correct if you have installed SATA drives in the machine. It may also be the boot priority. Start the machine and when you see the ASUS splash screen, immediately press the Delete key. This should bring up the BIOS Setup screen. Use the Arrow keys to select the "Boot" catagory at the top. Select "Boot Priority" by selecting it (if it isn't already selected) and pressing "Enter". Set the priority so the first boot device is the cd-rom drive, second is the HDD, and third is the floppy drive. Press F10 to exit and save and accept the change.

Restart...the machine should prompt you to boot from the cd with a message..."Press any key to boot from cd"...press a key. Does this start the process?

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Hmm it was already set up like that... i did what you said but didnt need to change anything and so it did the same thing. the xp disks im using... may not be entirely legit... could that be having any effect? the copies have the keygens and other stuff on the disks aswel as the normal... i can get some real disks on tuesday i think if that will make any difference?
Also... is there a way of formating the new hdd on this (my old) pc? would that make anything any easier? if i ran it as a slave on here? i did try to put it in this pc but it did not recognise that it was connected. aaagh!
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You'll need to use a genuine XP cd and you must have a valid product key to install the OS. If you have a valid product key, you can use a borrowed XP cd (retail version) to install with, but you must use your valid key for the install.

If you are trying to install a pirated version of Windows with a generated key, we will no longer be able to offer our assistance as our Terms of Use strictly prohibit us from helping with illegal software.
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ok thanks... i will get hold of a genuine version and get back to you asap... should have one by tomorow afternoon :whistling:
im just worried that i may have done something wrong in the putting together of the system and this may be holding me up in sorting out the hdd... but to install the os it needs to be done on the pc i intend to use the hdd in right?
thanks for your help so far...
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sorted :whistling:
used a genuine version of windows xp professional... use the real deal guys! so much better!
took ages though! over 3 hours to reformat 1 terabyt of hdd space (2 500gb's) and then the norm to instal xp onto one of them. worth it though :blink: now my creation lives... lol
thnx 4 all ur help. much appreciated.

Edited by Clueless101, 23 April 2007 - 12:52 PM.

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