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New hard drive not working. OS wont install.


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aero_engr

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Recently I installed a new hard drive and power supply in an older computer. I've double and trippled checked the connections. However, when I start up the computer I run into some problems. I'm trying to boot from a disc (the boot order is correctly specified), but whenever I start up the computer and insert and OS disc (I've tried XP and Ubuntu), I just get an error message "Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter." However when I try a fedora disc, it recognizes it and starts up, but it is quickly followed by a different error message: "End_request: I/O error, device sr0,sector 1409920
Buffer I/o error on device sr0, logical block 352480"

System Specs:
Lan Party NF4 Motherboard
Western Digital 320 gb HD

All the OS disc are legal copies, and I've tried re burning the Ubuntu and Fedora discs.
Any help is greatly appreciated!
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Explain this please...what do you mean?
(the boot order is correctly specified),
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I just meant in the Bios the boot order is specified to boot from a disc.
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The issue seems to be the BIOS isn't keeping the settings or the disks themselves.
If the disk are original full versions then they should boot.
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Are you prompted to "press any key to boot to CD" early on in the boot process?
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No nothing like that. I checked and the bios settings are being saved.
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No nothing like that.

Well then that's your problem - it would seem you don't have the boot order correctly specified. You need to have the optical drive set as the first boot device. Then you will see the prompt. If you don't press any key, it will move to the next boot device in line. If you press a key, it will boot to the optical disk.
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To change Boot Sequence in your BIOS

Reboot the system and at the first post screen (where it is counting up memory) start tapping the DEL button
This will enter you into the Bios\Cmos area.
Find the Advanced area and click Enter
Look for Boot Sequence or Boot Options and highlight that click Enter
Now highlight the first drive and follow the directions on the bottom of the screen on how to modify it and change it to CDrom.
Change the second drive to the C or Main Drive
Once that is done then click F10 to Save and Exit
You will prompted to enter Y to verify Save and Exit. Click Y and the system will now reboot with the new settings.

Hopefully you have already put the XP cd in the drive before all this. If everything is setup correctly you will get a black screen with the following message in the upper left corner:
"Push Any Key To Boot To Cd". When you see this then push any key and the cd will take over.
Follow the prompts or if you need assistance I will help.
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