Alienware 17 R4 2017 review
Guys I need some help
I have just started building a PC - It has an Albatron KM400 mobo - 256Mb of PC2700 DDR RAM, 80GB hard drive as primary master and a conventional CD drive as Secondary master. I have formatted and partitioned the hard drive using maxblast as I have done many times before - I then put the OS disc in the CD rebooted and got a message "A disk read error ocurred press Ctrl Alt del to restart"
I have confirmed that CD is set to boot 2nd (I did of course remove the floppy), I have tried 3 different cd drives and 3 different IDE cables. What is happening is that the PC is going straight to the HDD after the floppy and ignoring the CD. I confirmed this by setting the HDD to boot first and got the same message then again by setting the HDD to boot 3rd after the CD - i put a different HDD with an OS on it in and the machine loaded it. My question therefore can anyone offer any ideas why the PC is not attempting to boot from the CD?
You need to set the CD drive to be the first boot device If you have the CD drive set to be the second boot device the system will try to boot from the hard drive first, find no OS and give up.
Apoligies for my missing T's in previous msgs's. Keyboard is on it's last legs
Time for the medic's attention to your keyboard?
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Thanks for your replys
Only 1 cd in system which I have set to 1st boot device - I have installed another hdd in with an OS on it and have booted up to windows and then checked to see if I can access the disc I am trying to boot from - I can.
The problem is that the PC will not boot from the CD drive I have tried numerous bootable CDs it just ignores it and goes searching for something else to boot from in the case of my frshly formatted hdd it is unsuccessful in the case of one with a os on it boots from it. the question remains why won't it boot from the cd. I have tried 3 different drives changed the cables no joy
If you can get to the internet on another PC go to click here and make the 6 floppy disks that will allow the preliminary stages of Win XP setup. This may solve your problem. You will still need the CD may these FDs will load all the appropriate drivers.
Last sentence should have read 'the CD but theseFDs, etc'
Check the jumper settings on the CD drive. It must be set to master (or cable select if it's in the right position on the cable.)
Ladies and Gents
One more go at this problem before I give up -situation is the same it will not boot from cd heres the saga
new build PC with new hard drive
formatted and partitioned hdd - put OS disc in cd drive set cd drive to 1st boot device - it wont boot just throws up NTLDR is missing (i.e. it is ignoring the CD and going straight to HDD)
Changed CD drive, cables, troid the cd deive on both primary and secondary IDE no joy
Decided to load OS using floppies got to no 6 and got a blue screen message this board is not compliant with ACPi needs a BIOS uograde. I found a BIOS upgrade downloaded it and successfully flashed the bios - still the same.
I've run out of ideas other than something amiss with the board - incidentally I put in a HDD which had an OS on it ran it up and tried to see if I could read from the disc I was trying toboot from - I could. Any thoughts welcome I feel a dustbin approaching!
check all BIOS sttings for CD also set it as first boot device
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