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disable Floppy Drive in BIOS
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post #22 of 30
is the disk authentic or did one of your buddies burn it for you, if its aburnt disk its written wrong I doubt your new drive is bad. Get a legit copy and start over.

setup your bios so that the first boot device is the cd rom and the next is the hard drive. when the pc starts with a real windows disk it should spin up and also prompt you on the screen to press a key to boot from Cd Good Luck
    
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post #23 of 30
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it is a real disk!

bought it off www.microdirect.co.uk

that rules out that theory, should i jst try and get them 2 send me a new disk?
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post #24 of 30
how many cd drives have you got?, You may have the wrong one set to boot.
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i only got one cd drive, one hard drive
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post #26 of 30
Sounds like you have 2 things going on.. As everyone suggested, you need to disable the floppy seek when booting. Secondly, I've had Maxtor drives in the past that i've had to install in a different PC & format it first before it would "initialize". Give that a shot, it will probably make this a lot easier on you
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post #27 of 30
Any progress on this?

Installing Windows on Maxtor drives, day-in day-out for a computer company gives me the feeling that it's not going to be that... On the other hand we usually do a full format of the drive before making a new image.

It's worth a try of course, be sure to do a full format as opposed to a quick format, which doesn't actually format the drive, it formats the file system. On your 500 gig drive, it's going to take hours and hours, if it doesn't, it's doing a quick format.

Just out of interest, why Maxtor?
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post #28 of 30
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sorry, got it fixed, was a dodgy optical drive, soon as i replaced it it worked fine

thanks for your help every1
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post #29 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by jfletch1305 View Post
NVIDIA Boot Agent 253.0543
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting NVIDIA Boot Agent

this is a new computer i built today cannot even get it to start properly!

I'm in the same boat. just built = not operational. I know this error message can mean a lot of diff things.

I cannot get my optical to accept a boot disc. I've tried several. I've checked the cables and messed around with the HD being installed or not. Could the master/slave relationship or fact that the optical is IDE while HDs are SATA be giving me problems. The optical doesn't sound like it is even trying to read the boot CD, it instantly spits it out.

SATA plugs are reversible right? I only ask this bc my mobo manufacturer says to put the locking? end on the mobo. Neither seems to lock to me, one side has a 90deg articulation and the other is straight.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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post #30 of 30
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just to let you know that what fixed it for me was getting a new optical drive, my old one just simply never worked, as soon as i swapped it out it booted up fine and runs great even though i cant overclock it
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