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Posted: 4/8/2006 8:46:03 PM EDT
I just got all the stuff for a new computer.

Amongst other things I have 2 Seagate Barracuda 200 Gig Hard Drives. I configured the drives in the BIOS for RAID 0. After configuring the drives in the BIOS I tried to boot from the CD-ROM to install windows.

The computer asks for the boot disk to be inserted. When I insert it and press enter it goes to a blank screen with a flashing cursor...and it won't move from there.

Any ideas on what could be wrong??

Link Posted: 4/8/2006 8:48:02 PM EDT
Type in fdisk and format your drives
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 8:48:51 PM EDT
Genuine Windows CD or burned copy?
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 8:53:03 PM EDT

Originally Posted By dolanp:
Genuine Windows CD or burned copy?




Genuine
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 8:53:40 PM EDT
Will it boot if you turn off the RAID?
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 8:55:30 PM EDT

Originally Posted By dolanp:
Will it boot if you turn off the RAID?




Let me try that...
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 8:56:19 PM EDT
Any jumpers on the drives you need to set up per the desired configuration?
Try to run the install with a single drive connected.
By money says its in the way the drives are set up.
Get it to load with a single drive....then add the second.
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 8:56:26 PM EDT
Please tell me you partitioned your new HDD's.....
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 9:04:21 PM EDT
Disabled RAID and tried again. Both Hard Drives were still showing up in the BIOS as they should.

It posted and gave me a "Disk boot failure".

Link Posted: 4/8/2006 9:05:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By sledhead907:
Disabled RAID and tried again. Both Hard Drives were still showing up in the BIOS as they should.

It posted and gave me a "Disk boot failure".




Is the BIOS boot order set up to boot off of CD first? Sounds like it's trying to boot an empty HD.
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 9:05:35 PM EDT
DID YOU PARTITION THEM!!!!????



Oops... caps....
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 9:06:43 PM EDT
There are no jumpers on the drives.


What is this "partition" you speak of? Seriously I know what a partition is, but have never had to do it...would that cause a problem like this?


I guess if this doesn't work I'll disconnect one drive and try it again.
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 9:07:50 PM EDT

Originally Posted By dolanp:

Originally Posted By sledhead907:
Disabled RAID and tried again. Both Hard Drives were still showing up in the BIOS as they should.

It posted and gave me a "Disk boot failure".




Is the BIOS boot order set up to boot off of CD first? Sounds like it's trying to boot an empty HD.



Boot order is CD first.


Link Posted: 4/8/2006 9:07:56 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/8/2006 9:09:17 PM EDT by mimikamimi]
If you are running raid, make sure your raid is setup in bios. probably set all boot devices 1st 2nd 3rd etc... to raid. Some boards may be different.


ETA: Sounds like you need to boot to cd first and setup windows. Then enable and setup raid?
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 9:12:37 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/8/2006 9:12:55 PM EDT by FieroLoki]
If you havnt partioned your new HDD's you cant install anything....

Crap, jsut re-read your post..... Nevermind, your not getting that far yet


What motherboard?
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 9:16:12 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mimikamimi:
If you are running raid, make sure your raid is setup in bios. probably set all boot devices 1st 2nd 3rd etc... to raid. Some boards may be different.


ETA: Sounds like you need to boot to cd first and setup windows. Then enable and setup raid?





Disconnected all but 1 HD. Tried to install like normal and it is still giving me the "Disk boot failure".

Link Posted: 4/8/2006 9:16:59 PM EDT

Originally Posted By FieroLoki:
If you havnt partioned your new HDD's you cant install anything....

Crap, jsut re-read your post..... Nevermind, your not getting that far yet


What motherboard?




MSI K8N NEO 4 SLI
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 9:18:22 PM EDT
Im assuming since no jumpers this is SATA? What ports are they plugged into?
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 9:19:50 PM EDT

Originally Posted By sledhead907:

Originally Posted By mimikamimi:
If you are running raid, make sure your raid is setup in bios. probably set all boot devices 1st 2nd 3rd etc... to raid. Some boards may be different.


ETA: Sounds like you need to boot to cd first and setup windows. Then enable and setup raid?





Disconnected all but 1 HD. Tried to install like normal and it is still giving me the "Disk boot failure".




1) cd-rom is not working
-or-
2) Boot order is wrong

Boot to a floppy and run the installer on the cd
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 9:20:29 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/8/2006 9:22:05 PM EDT by Tallbob]

Originally Posted By FieroLoki:
If you havnt partioned your new HDD's you cant install anything....




Huh? Then tell me how I stuck a brand new HD in, set the boot order to CD first, stuck in my XP Pro disk and it figured that out and did the partitioning and format.

ETA: Have you used this CD drive before? Is it on the same IDE line as your HD?
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 9:20:34 PM EDT

Originally Posted By FieroLoki:
Im assuming since no jumpers this is SATA? What ports are they plugged into?




Yes, SATA. Ports: SATA 1 & 2...I think thats what your asking.

Link Posted: 4/8/2006 9:23:20 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Sub-MOA:

Originally Posted By sledhead907:

Originally Posted By mimikamimi:
If you are running raid, make sure your raid is setup in bios. probably set all boot devices 1st 2nd 3rd etc... to raid. Some boards may be different.


ETA: Sounds like you need to boot to cd first and setup windows. Then enable and setup raid?





Disconnected all but 1 HD. Tried to install like normal and it is still giving me the "Disk boot failure".




1) cd-rom is not working
-or-
2) Boot order is wrong

Boot to a floppy and run the installer on the cd




I was trying not to have to use a floppy...I have yet to buy one

Boot order is: CD, CD, HDD as there is no floppy.

CD Rom is showing up when the computer posts...so I am assuming it is working.
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 9:25:57 PM EDT
are you sure that your copy of windows is bootable? IIRC not all windows XP cds are bootable.
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 9:28:06 PM EDT

Originally Posted By legonas:
are you sure that your copy of windows is bootable? IIRC not all windows XP cds are bootable.



Crap...that might be it. The disk I have I got from a friend. I was going to use my lap tops reg number.
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 9:37:41 PM EDT
Yeah it sounds like the BIOS is skipping over the CD because it is not bootable.
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 9:40:46 PM EDT

Originally Posted By dolanp:
Yeah it sounds like the BIOS is skipping over the CD because it is not bootable.




Sounds like it. Looks like im off to the computer store tomorrow.


Thanks for the help everyone...I'll update this post whenever to let you know if a new XP CD fixes it.
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 9:47:28 PM EDT
Before you go buy something, try this: btmgr.webframe.org/index.php3?body=download.html

You'll need another computer to create the disk though.
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 9:50:14 PM EDT
Did you install the chipset drivers that comes with the board?
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 9:52:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mimikamimi:
Did you install the chipset drivers that comes with the board?




No. As I understood it windows had to be installed and then the MB drivers could be installed...I was wrong??? This is my first computer build...can you tell??
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 9:53:27 PM EDT

Originally Posted By sledhead907:

Originally Posted By mimikamimi:
Did you install the chipset drivers that comes with the board?




No. As I understood it windows had to be installed and then the MB drivers could be installed...I was wrong??? This is my first computer build...can you tell??



Yeah your issue is way before drivers come into play.
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 9:53:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By dolanp:
Before you go buy something, try this: btmgr.webframe.org/index.php3?body=download.html

You'll need another computer to create the disk though.




What am I looking at? Which file am I suppose to DL?
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 9:54:25 PM EDT
Sometimes you will get a floppy for the Raid drivers, but you should be able to get it to recognize the drive w/o it.
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 9:55:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/8/2006 9:55:54 PM EDT by dolanp]

Originally Posted By sledhead907:

Originally Posted By dolanp:
Before you go buy something, try this: btmgr.webframe.org/index.php3?body=download.html

You'll need another computer to create the disk though.




What am I looking at? Which file am I suppose to DL?



Download sbminst.exe (DOS executable). Then insert empty floppy and run 'sbminst -d 0' (I believe).

It may not be able to boot that CD but it's worth a shot.
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 9:58:37 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mimikamimi:
Sometimes you will get a floppy for the Raid drivers, but you should be able to get it to recognize the drive w/o it.




I have a floppy for the Raid Drivers. The BIOS was recognizing both the drives...
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 10:02:13 PM EDT
holy terrible advice batman...

All legitimate xp disks are bootable
you load the raid driver when the xp disk is booting

boot order is wrong more than likely.
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 10:02:27 PM EDT
when you go into bios what is your first boot device? Make it HDD 0
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 10:10:28 PM EDT
Boot order:

HDD 0

CD

Floppy

Still gives "Disk Boot Failure" WTF
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 10:12:45 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/8/2006 11:16:16 PM EDT by mimikamimi]
Oops sorry I am screwing ya up worse. It should be cd first, then HDD 0


Link Posted: 4/8/2006 10:13:20 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/8/2006 10:14:27 PM EDT by ARDunstan]
Is your CDROM IDE ribbon connected properly?


Your problem is rather strange.

I always set Floppy, CDROM, HD for the boot order.
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 10:16:43 PM EDT
How about under advanced chipset options. Is there an option to turn on and off SATA? Is there 2 IDE channels along with the SATA ports?
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 10:17:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mimikamimi:
How about under advanced chipset options. Is there an option to turn on and off SATA? Is there 2 IDE channels along with the SATA ports?




No, it's just SATA.

Link Posted: 4/8/2006 10:22:43 PM EDT
It now gets to "Varifying DMI Pool Data" than says "Boot from CD".

"Boot from CD" stays on the screen but nothing happens. When "Boot from CD" comes on you can hear the CD Rom spinning, and the green light on front is flashing. After 15 seconds of spinning the CD Rom stops and the computer just sits there.
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 10:33:13 PM EDT
hit enter when it says boot from cd.

also per the web try SATA 3 and 4 instead of 1 and 2
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 10:40:45 PM EDT
This is why I cringe when I get a new small business client and they have a hand built "server"...

I'd say your CDROM is not working. The XP disk should be bootable, should load RAID drivers, and can format the disks.
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 10:41:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mimikamimi:
hit enter when it says boot from cd.

also per the web try SATA 3 and 4 instead of 1 and 2




Changed it to SATA 3 & 4 and tried it again. Still getting the error.
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 10:45:07 PM EDT
If in the Bios you have fail safe options for each screen, try that also make sure your memory sticks are in the right slots. remove all cards except for video. That is a weird one. I used to stay up for hours messing with computers, and it usually was something simple as long as it was not a hardware failure. reset the cmos also.
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 10:45:16 PM EDT

Originally Posted By markl32:
This is why I cringe when I get a new small business client and they have a hand built "server"...

I'd say your CDROM is not working. The XP disk should be bootable, should load RAID drivers, and can format the disks.




Figures...I don't have another CDROM to use...i'll have to wait till the GF goes to bed than "borrow" hers.

Link Posted: 4/8/2006 10:48:31 PM EDT
Resetting the Cmos will revert the MB to the factory settings correct?
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 10:49:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By sledhead907:
Resetting the Cmos will revert the MB to the factory settings correct?



Yes
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 11:03:04 PM EDT
GOT IT!!


I disconnected the CD Drive and had it boot through the DVD/RW drive...Windows is loading as I type. Thanks gentlemen!
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 11:03:59 PM EDT
cool congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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