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post #1 of 10
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I just built my watercooled system, however whilst doing it, i broke one of my RAID0 hard disks (snapped the plastic shield that holds the SATA plug into the HD). So, i balanced it and booted into Windows fine. I knew that i needed a Vista disk for when i got my new HD, so i attempted to burn my Vista Business 64bit SP1 Image to a DVD (legal from MSDN).

The DVD drive (which is IDE) was recognized by Windows, but none of my blank DVD's were recognized. I thought, "whatever" and found an old Vista 64bit disk without SP1. I removed the broken disk and used the other one (it's RAID0 partner). I formatted it to NTFS and put it back inside my machine.

I went to install Windows and it constantly gave me a "bootmgr not found". The DVD drive was the primary boot device, but it didn't even get as far as saying "press anykey to boot from dvd". So, in boot settings, i set the DVD drive as the only boot device (no secondary device) and tried again. This time, "insert proper boot media and reboot".

I then unplugged the DVD drive and tried my brothers SATA DVD drive. This time, it got to the Windows disk and said "loading installation files", you could hear the disk spinning and then it just slowed down and the screen said "Unexpected I/O error".

I have tried every combination open to me and i have a new Samsung F1 500gb coming Monday.

What do i do? Is it my motherboard
post #2 of 10
Although it's weird problem and I can't really find a reason for, it looks like your mobo is acting up. Before RMAing it, you could try a BIOS reset.

There may also be a somewhat unrelated issue, maybe one of the ram sticks has gone bad. The storage or the ram are the probable causes of a bootmgr error, since the storage is fine it can also be the storage controller, so you have to diagnose between the mobo, HDD/DVD drives and the RAM.
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post #3 of 10
What bios version are you using, an early one by chance. I would look to see if there is a newer bios version that you could use.
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post #4 of 10
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I was using 0803 but i since updated to the latest.

I think i'll wait until my new Samsung Spinpoint F1 500GB arrives on monday before making a further decision.
post #5 of 10
first time round sounded like your ide dvd drive had died.

it could be a bad hdd try putting it into your brothers machine and full formatting the hdd via his os also you could have the vista issue that you can only use 1 ram stick max of 2gb whilst installing :-/

i live in swindon uk too!
post #6 of 10
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What part of Swindon I'm technically Wootton Bassett!

I tried formatting my disk via my brothers computer, but nothing. All along i have used 2GB of RAM because of the Vista bug.

I even just tried to install Linux redhat and i either got "insert proper boot device", "bootmgr not found" or "winload could not be found" depending on my BIOS options. I even tried setting it up on my RAID1 disks!

Reckon it's the motherboard?
post #7 of 10
hmmn its sounds like its trying to find your windows op system have you got a flash drive and have you tried to start up with no hdd to get into bios and load setup defaults? clear cmos etc.. maybe try flashing the bios :-/

oh and im in abbey meads
post #8 of 10
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BIOS flashed, CMOS cleared. Every disk/BIOS setting tried, but still it either looks for Windows or tells me i don't have a proper boot device.

Silly thing is, i'm typing all this from the same computer using Asus Splashtop
post #9 of 10
Sorry dude, but that really sounds like a motherboard problem..
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post #10 of 10
Yeah I/O is weird for bootmgr, i would also think RAM/MOBO.
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