I'm kinda new here so forgive me if I'm at all naive
I've searched for hours over the past few days on google and although I've found HEAPS of good info and similar problems I can't find one exactly the same as the problem I'm having, hence why I still cannot get my OS installed.
OK. I have a formatted 80GB Maxtor HDD running as my Primary IDE Master. I have a normal CD-ROM running as my Secondary IDE Master. The floppy drive is plugged into the IDE floppy slot on the MOBO.
I have the BIOS boot sequence set to 1. CD-ROM 2. HDD 3. Floppy Drive...
So I boot up the computer with my Windows OS disk in the drive.
It says: Boot from ATAPI CD-ROM, No Emulation...
Then: Setup is inspecting your computers hardware configuration
Then: It goes to the blue screen - Windows Setup
(setup is loading files...)
Then: Setup is starting Windows
Then: Welcome to Setup
(options to "set up Windows XP now, press ENTER") (Repair) etc...))
SO I PRESS ENTER and agree to terms/conditions etc...
Then: I have the option to to select unpartitioned/partitioned etc.
SO I PRESS ENTER (INSTALL) on C:
Then: Setup is copying files...
Then: Please wait while setup initializes your..
Then: this portion of setup is complete, please wait while windows reboots,
Then: It goes back to "Boot from ATAPI CD_ROM, No Emulation"
AND THE WHOLE PROCESS REPEATS AGAIN!!!!
I've tried taking out the cd before it reboots but it simply asks for boot disk.
I've tried reconfiguring the boot sequence to 1. HDD , but the setup/install process hasn't been completed...
I'm literally beginning to tear out my hair!!! I've tried adjusting and disabling bios settings and I get no where.
What gets me is that I just finished refurbishing a different computer in EXACTLY the same manner and there were no problems at all. It simply restarted and completed the installation.
ANY HELP OR SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE VERY VERY MUCH APPRECIATED...
System specs are as follows:
MOBO: ASUS P4S800-MX
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 (3GHz)
Features: On Board Graphics and Sound...
RAM: 512MB (2x 256MB)
HDD: Maxtor 80GB IDE
CD_ROM: Standard CD-ROM Read Only