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Hey folks. I'm setting up a rig for recording and also as a musical effects processor. Recording is pretty straight forward, but the plan is also to use the computer to run VST's, and then output the result to be used for effects that are then fed into an amplifier (low latency will be important). This is mostly just an experiment though. As long as it works for recording, I'll be happy (and I'm sure it'll be fine for that). The idea of a computer as an effects processor is just icing on the cake. Low low low budget too. I'll be at $200 for the total build (including PCI audio interface- which is half the cost of the build, but was a great deal at $100- and lots of spare parts).

Specs are as follows:

CoolerMaster 690 (refurb, bought for $25 with free shipping about 3 years ago)
AMD Kuma 2.7GHZ (obsolete (to me) part, laying around after I upgraded/moved laterally to a 9850)
Coolermaster Hyper N520 (refurb $20, shipped)
4GB OCZ DDR2 6400 RAM (obsolete (to me) part, laying around, after I decided to keep my main rig running Vista 32 for a variety of reasons)
AsRock N68-S UCC ($45. Will allow upgrade to other CPU's down the line)
WD RE4 500GB (previously used in RAID array, now laying around)
Antec EA430D (430W PSU, spare part, laying around after upgrading my main rig to a Corsair 750W)
On board graphics (came free with the mobo, duh!)
IDE DVD burner (spare part, laying around, originally purchased used for $10 and used mostly for fiddling with difficult installs)
Win 7 (spare copy, laying around)

Yeah, this is what happens when you cruise the "online deals" and "for sale" sections of OCN relentlessly and snatch up anything that's too good of a deal to pass up, whether you need it or not.

For audio, I have an EMU 1212M ($100) and will be running Reaper as a DAW (paid for). The Audio Interface isn't installed yet, because I'm just trying to get the thing up and running at this stage. So all in all, I'll have $200 into this (which has been spread over the last 3 years of accumulating spare "junk" parts, bargains, and hoarding the leftovers from slow upgrades to my main rig which left me with some spare stuff). That price includes OS, 8-input ADAT audio interface, and 4GB of RAM. Not bad, eh?

I'm having a problem installing Windows though.

I have previously used the IDE DVD burner to install Windows on another computer of mine with a fussy SATA II DVD burner (I think it was a Sony that windows just didn't want to find drivers for). However, every time I try to install Win7 on this computer with that same DVD drive, I get to the screen to select your language, and I do so, and then click Install.

Then I get a message saying that the OS is being installed. And about 10 seconds later, my screen goes haywire and I get a bunch of blue and white lines and nothing moves. It's all jumbled, as though you cut the screen into 20 horizontal strips and scattered them right and left across the screen, and I can't see what the screen says, but the colors are from the normal install screen. Naturally, I thought the onboard graphics were crapping out so I tried using an ATI card from my other computer. This one didn't give me the jagged lines and looked normal, but the windows install would still lock up... it just didn't look screwed up when it did it. I waited about 30 minutes to see if maybe the IDE drive was just being slow to write to the HD, but no, the thing wouldn't budge. I hate to think maybe I didn't wait long enough, but than thing seemed locked. No discernible activity from the HD or DVD burner.

Next, I thought maybe it's the HD, so I swapped it for another (which was also previously in a RAID array), same thing.

My only remaining thoughts at this time is that it may have to do with the fact that these drives were previously used in a RAID array and there's a 108MB partition before the rest of the drive and I haven't for the life of me been able to remove it with the disk management function in Vista32 (which is installed on my working computer).

Or maybe I have to switch the IDE drive from slave to master? I didn't have to do that with my previous install though...

Any ideas? Is Win7 trying to write to this mini partition? How do I get rid of it? Or am I not using the IDE drive properly? Or is it something else?
Edited by Sir Humpsalot - 4/6/11 at 1:47am
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Most people leave their IDE HDD jumpers set to CS (cable select) and thus it can be used as either a master OR slave drive, if it's configured as a slave (with the jumpers) it would certainly be in your best interests to rectify that first, your failed install sounds like an optical drive issue perhaps

BTW have you checked out the Microsoft Delete a hard disk partition tutorial?
Edited by ()ut[@st - 4/6/11 at 9:29am
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Most people leave their IDE HDD jumpers set to CS (cable select) and thus it can be used as either a master OR slave drive, if it's configured as a slave (with the jumpers) it would certainly be in your best interests to rectify that first, your failed install sounds like an optical drive issue perhaps

BTW have you checked out the Microsoft Delete a hard disk partition tutorial?
Thanks. I'll fiddle with the optical drive tonight after work.

Yes, I checked out the tutorial, the partition is being stubborn though. Initially there were like 4 partitions on the drive. I was able to clear 2 of them no problem, but following the same procedure, this last one is being stubborn. Again, I'll try again tonight after work.

Thanks.
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Random white lines during install? Have you checked the CPU temps? Also, check the motherboard/NB temps as well. Had a similar occurrence a few months back, turned out the CPU had no thermal grease.
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Random white lines during install? Have you checked the CPU temps? Also, check the motherboard/NB temps as well. Had a similar occurrence a few months back, turned out the CPU had no thermal grease.
Thermal grease is installed. CPU is lapped and shiny. The CPU hardly does any work before this happens. With the CoolerMaster Hyper N520, I can't imagine the CPU overheating under such a small load.
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750W Corsair HAF 932 
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