Well, that hasn't worked.
For one thing, the same bundle package he got was not available when I did it. His was almost seemless compared to my nightmare.
When I installed my new PC Chips Intel board (My old one is PC Chips AMD), it tried to boot from my orignial IED HDD but I got the blue screen. I tried to start Windows normally and Safe Mode and got the same thing. I tried all the other things to keep my original install and just get it to install new drivers but none worked. It won't even attempt to install Windows for repair, keeps saying "insert bootable media."
I purchased a new SATA HDD, a new system fan and a new PSU with an SATA plug, since I decided to just build a whole new PC and just transfer my files later.
I get the same thing and it's like it is not reading any disc I place in the CDRom. I even tried to install Windows ME just to get it up and was then going to upgrade to XP, I have both discs.
Lastly, I can't even purchase the Vista Basic upgrade b/c the new PC has no OS on it. I can't see myself purchasing a whole new copy of Windows or Vista when I shouldn't have to. I just can't see why it won't read the any disc but it recognizes it in BIOS.
Bios, I forgot. I have tryed every configuration is BIOS I can think of. I've even set it to only boot from the CD, same thing. It recognizes all the drives, the order (Master - Slave) is correct. The last time I tried, I had the CDRom connected to the IED and the SATA HDD and that's it. Same error.
Since it tried to boot from my original IED HDD with Windows installed, I know that everything seems to be working right.
By the way, my XP disc is from 2001 or older. It is a copy of an install disc from Gateway. I purchased my PC legally and have my original KEY printed on the original case. However, like many people out there, the HSN did not provide me with a full install disc but only a minor recovery one. I have used the disc I have numerous times with no prior problems, including when I built my brother's PC. He used his own key.