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I have a old computer of mine and this afternoon I have tried everything to try and get it to boot up to the windows setup off the disk, and nothing is working. <br />
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The only thing that I can think of it the motherboard and HD and conflicting. <br />
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As the PC of originally a mesh, and not the original HD is there any chance that the motherboard wont get along with it because it knows its not the original?<br />
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Nay.... it *should* work. And even if, you still should be able to boot from CD.<br><br>
Is everything recognized during POST and in the BIOS?
 

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Hi, if you know how to, just try a basic boot-up. This basically involves just the procesor, memory, keyboard, motherboard, psu, monitor, videocard(if necessary and a screw driver. Get all the parts off the case and on a clean table. Introduce power by shorting the proper pins on the front panel. Please reset the bios and load fail-safe defualts if available.<br><br>
Following are notorious reasons for any PC not booting-up;<br>
1. Underpowered PSU<br>
2. Faulty RAM<br>
3. Busted Processor<br>
4. Faulty casing, reset or power buttons stuck<br>
5. Faulty PCI cards that become shorted or grounded(soundcards, lancards)<br><br>
Hope this could be helpful<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Thumb">
 

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Good advice, but based on the OP, it seems he gets it to POST, but just not to boot to the Windows Setup or from the HDD.
 

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Ooh, got ahead of myself<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hi, if you know how to, just try a basic boot-up. This basically involves just the procesor, memory, keyboard, motherboard, psu, monitor, videocard(if necessary and a screw driver. Get all the parts off the case and on a clean table. Introduce power by shorting the proper pins on the front panel. Please reset the bios and load fail-safe defualts if available.<br><br>
Following are notorious reasons for any PC not booting-up;<br>
1. Underpowered PSU<br>
2. Faulty RAM<br>
3. Busted Processor<br>
4. Faulty casing, reset or power buttons stuck<br>
5. Faulty PCI cards that become shorted or grounded(soundcards, lancards)<br><br>
Hope this could be helpful<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Thumb"></div>
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Great post.<br><br>
But, I know all this lol. I have done all this and still no joy. At POST it says which are primary and master etc, but still wont boot from CD.<br><br>
I have tried ever combo you can think of involving the jumpers on the drives and different slot and 2 cables etc.<br><br>
Tried messing around in the BIOS and still nothing, the bios is the worst bios I have every used.<br><br>
I ask the question because the last time that I used the computer when I booted from XP CD was with the original HD that came with the PC. I cant use that now as its my c drive on this PC.<br><br>
Ill post some pics of BIOS to see if you can see how it should go.
 

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Well firstly make sure you have the HDD set to master and on its own IDE cable going into IDE 1 port on the motherboard and the same for your Optical drive but one IDE 2. <br />
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Also try resetting the CMOS by removing the little battery from the motherboard for 2 mins and put it back in. <br />
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Note* this will reset the BIOS.
 

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wont taking the battery out have the same effect as putting the setting on the BIOS back to default?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">wont taking the battery out have the same effect as putting the setting on the BIOS back to default?</div>

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</div>Yes it does but a pitty it didnt work. Take out your optical drive and see if you can atleast boot into the HDD. Also disable the floppy drive.
 

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I have a HD with Linux Redhat on it, this will drop straight into the machine, will I be able to open the setup XP disc from Linuz somehow?
 

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The linux disk boots?<br />
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Some silliness:<br />
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you did set the CD-Rom as primary boot device?
 

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No, I havnt installed linux, I installed it on another hard disk ages ago, and if I put this is the pc it will boot to linux. As linux can be droped into any machine, so can I run the XP setup.exe from linux?
 

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this may sound like a crazy idea but is there a chance that the cable to your cd-rom is bad you did say it was a old pc
 

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No no luck.<br />
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There is no reason why it isnt booting. The post screen is below, and it clearly shows the CD Drive and the HD there. But it just ignores the fact there is a bootable CD in the drive.<br><a href="http://assets.overclock.net.s3.amazonaws.com/c/c0/c029c60b_vbattach33930.jpeg"><img src="http://www.overclock.net/image/id/616511/width/525/height/525/flags/LL"></a><br><a href="http://assets.overclock.net.s3.amazonaws.com/3/39/39952979_vbattach33929.jpeg"><img src="http://www.overclock.net/image/id/616512/width/525/height/525/flags/LL"></a>
 

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is the CD-ROM set as a boot device in the BIOS? (that is, if the BIOS actually supports bootable ATAPI drives, but I don't think the rig is *that* old.. LOL)
 
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