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post #1 of 32
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i just finished building my computer. what is my next step?

should i be double checking anything?

the hard drive im using is from my old computer and probably has some info from it. would this negatively affect my computer? the only old parts are the dvd drive and ide hard drive.

im afraid that i haven't or have connected some plugs in the wrong places
im too scared to turn on my computer.
post #2 of 32
Yes, you should be turning it on and double checking that everything actually works
The hard drive having info from your old comp shouldn't affect if you plan to install a new OS anyway. Read some manuals i.e. your motherboard manual to check that everything's plugged in the right place. Everyone's scared to turn their computer on for the first time when they're not used to building, but it's highly unlikely that problems would happen that would wreck some parts upon first turn on (unless they were dead from before you plugged it in).

Remember, if something wrong happens, OCN can help you troubleshoot it if ever.
post #3 of 32
I did something similar. It's pretty fool proof. Unless you've plugged a power cord from one power out to another power out (not really possible, unless you go from one IDE out on the motherboard, back around to another IDE out on the motherboard - would have to be a really old motherboard and, yes, I've done this, back in the day) you really can't damage anything. The only real issue might be that you haven't connected something, in which case that thing will simply not work, or the integrated warning buzzer in the mobo will go off. In which case, shut the power off, and figure out what the problem is. DEFINITELY double check everything. Isolate each piece of hardware in your system and make sure it is intalled and hooked up properly. Boot that sucker up!
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what do i do wen i boot up my computer?
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go into the bios and make sure your mobo recognizes all of your RAM, all your peripherals, cpu, etc etc. once everything in the bios checks clear and all of tje hardware is recognized you change your boot priority to the dvd rom, pop in the OS disk and reboot the computer. After that installation of your OS will begin.
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post #6 of 32
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the first screen after turning on the computer is

asus motherboard make disk for DOS menu

a) make amd xp/xp64 bit ahci/raid driver disk
b) freeDOS command prompt

wat do i choose?

i will be asking a lot of questions
Edited by vltor - 3/4/11 at 7:57pm
post #7 of 32
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Originally Posted by mwl5apv View Post
go into the bios and make sure your mobo recognizes all of your RAM, all your peripherals, cpu, etc etc. once everything in the bios checks clear and all of tje hardware is recognized you change your boot priority to the dvd rom, pop in the OS disk and reboot the computer. After that installation of your OS will begin.
it didnt recognize the hard drive for some reason
post #8 of 32
did you plug the hard drive power cord in? Make sure the sata/IDE cord is plugged tightly?
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i would...run my computer for at least a week for stability
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is it normal for the graphx card to be hot?
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