I am attempting to put together a cheap system for playing older games, like BF2 and C&C. I have an AOpen AX4BS ATX mobo with a 2.4 celeron but want to run it with a hard drive from a diff comp (only one I have and dont want to buy a new). The HD has Win ME on it and I want to put XP but when I start up the comp it won't read the disk to install XP. Furthermore when I press Delete to enter into the Setup it just goes blank. If I try start it into windows it gets as far as to show the desktop background and then freezes up. I don't need any of the info currently on the HD but don't know how I can clear it to make it 'fresh and new' again, or if that would even help. Things I have tried so far:
-cleared the cmos and verified all connections-now at start up it just says *warning cmos has been cleared enter bios to configure setup, defaults loaded*
-placed mobo on cardboard with only psu, video card, 1 RAM, and power switch - everything was the same.
-tried a diff video card, diff sticks of RAM
-tried putting Aopen AX4BS-V Bios 1.07 driver onto a floppy and starting it with that in the drive. Got driver from this site http://drivers.softp...-Bios-107.shtml (there are older drivers I haven't tried) sounds like it wants to read it but then does nothing.
I'm thinking I need to get into bios so I can set the secondary master(my DVD drive) to load on start up so I can get XP set up and then go from there, but I can't figure out why I can't get in.
oh here is a list of everything I am using:
AOpen AX4BS ATX mobo w/ 2.4Ghz celeron, 512 X 3 EDGE SDRAM, 400W Dynex ATX 12V psu, nVidia geforce 5200FX Ultra(just till I get up and running, then have a ATI HD3650), Quantum Fireball HD and just a sony DVD drive. Everything is IDE and the floppy drive is from my other comp so I won't be permanently installing that, but have one if needed. Also the XP I have to put on it is new.
Sorry for a long post; Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Edited by Orphan_Mutton, 19 December 2009 - 04:27 AM.