I am rebuilding a system for a friend and have come across a problem.
I have installed new PSU (500w), XP1700 CPU on a Asrock K7VT4A Motherboard, 1x 40gb WD Caviar SE SATA 150 7200rpm 8mb, I have created the boot disk onto floppy from the Mobo driver disc, but when I put XP disc into system it says floppy ok, NTLDR missing, and then I get the option to reboot but it will not install windows, can anyone please help, I have had this system 3 weeks now, and my friend really needs it back!
check the bios, i have noticed on a number of new mobos that the hard drive has to be selected - it is not like selecting ide0 or ide1 anymore for booting. give it a try and rake around the bios you will probably find it there, stating actually the name of the drive i.e. segate blah blah blah. seems bizarre but i would hedge my bet that this is what is happening. if this does not work try moving the sata cable to the other channel and try and boot it.
Thanks for your messages so far guys, I have tried everything you said but it still isn't working, it isn't even detecting the SATA drive in the BIOS, it dectects the CD RW no problem, but nothing on the SATA.....any other ideas?
is the drive spinning cos the power cable might not be right in, this is also a common problem - also have another good rake around the bios for a setting relating to your hard drive, try looking in the not so obvious places - have you changed over the channels (is the cable good also)
Insert the Asrock support CD, to boot your system. During POST tap the F11 key, the a windows for boot device screen appears. Select Cd-ROM as the boot device. When you see the message on the screen saying "Do you want to make a Serial ATA diskette Y/N? Press Y
As it's an error in the txtsetup file, it should be quite easy to cure if you can make sure you have the correct version of that file (if there's more than one) and replace the copy that's not working.
click here for a brief explanation of what that file does.
It might just be a case of re-downloading the relevant driver files, of which this is one.