Just finished putting together my new PC from all new parts. ABIT KD7-G mobo, Athlon 2600+XP, Maxtor 80 Gig HDD (blank), 1Gig DDR400 Ram, etc. (can forward all specs if it will help). My problem is that I can boot into BIOS and see all devices etc. but the HDD is completely blank and don't know what to load first. I have tried to load XP but failed and tried to load up from boot disk and failed with the following message "File \NTKRNLMP.EXE could not be loaded. Error code 7 Setup cannot continue. Press any key to exit." Since this is the first time I've built a PC I don't know where to look for the right info. Any help appreciated.
When you boot up from the XP CD, if the drive is blank, the first thing you need to do is to set any partitions you want, then format those partitions. XP will lead you throught the process, and should then proceed to install XP. Did you do this, or get this far?
Did you infact boot from the XP CD? - you may need to change the BIOS setting to enable this to happen.
Several years ago, my mate gave me a simple boot disk ( cd-rom, mouse drivers etc)which has never failed to get a recalcitrant system up and running. With very little knowledge, I have managed to get 4 or 5 of my new builds running, and several of my friends'too. If you cannot solve your problem, e-mail me and I will send you a copy. [email protected]
You don't need a boot disk to get XP running, and if you use them you will be unlikely to find ones that can format to NTFS - so do it the correct way, straight from the CD - that's why it was built to be capable of self - starting.
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