how are your drives jumpered? are you using a new cable with Cable Select enabled and need to change the drive jumpers? older drives generally need to be slaves to newer drives, no matter how inconvenient this sounds.
Ok, the only computer access I have at this point is through using a friends or using the computer lab, but my friends are sick of me and the computer lab is a HECK of a walk, I need my computer back BADLY.
Ok, now to the problem.
Basically, my case was way too old and hot, so I ordered a new case, along with a 120 gig WD HD, and a Pioneer DVD RW drive. They arrived three days ago, and I undertook what I thought would be a quick changeover.
I removed all the components from my old case, dusted them with compressed air, and began installing them into my new case. I installed everything correctly (except for the case LEDs, I can never figure those out), and went to boot up the computer. Success! ...kind of. (note: this was not my first time doing this, which is how I was able to do it without help).
First off, I put two hard drives in the machine, the new 120 gig in set as master w/ slave present, and my old hard drive, a 20 gig, as slave. The old HD has windows xp on it as it was my only hd before the purchase of my new one.
Now, I made sure my boot order (and other cmos settings) were correct. My boot order is 1: CDROM, 2: 120 gig master HD, 3: 20 gig slave HD. I have my windows Xp professional CD in my CDROM drive. When I boot my computer, however, and it tries to boot from CD first, it says that the CD is NOT a bootable disk, and continues on. Before I continue, let me first explain that I have used THIS EXACT Windows XP pro full install CD for THIS EXACT purpose in THIS EXACT CDROM drive at LEAST 10 times in the past. I have ALWAYS been able to boot to this CD in the past, i've never ever gotten an error with it before. Why it is telling me it's not a proper boot media now is COMPLETELY beyond me. This is the first problem.
Ok, so once the computer decides it cant boot from my CD, it continues on to the 120 gig, which is blank, and then continues to my 20 gig HD, at which point it begins to boot windows. Begins, but doesn't finish.
The computer sits at the "Loading Windows XP" screen with the nice blue bar going accross the screen eternally. I've let it sit for 30 minutes and the blue bar goes accross steadily and without hitch the whole time. I hear no sound coming from the machine to indicate that the hard drive is working, etc etc. It just hangs.
If I attempt to boot into safe mode, it begins listing all the files its loaded as normal, but when it gets to Mip.sys (that or mup.sys, I'm not 100%) which is located in the Drivers folder, it stops. Never gets passed it.
So essentially, I have a computer that seems to be working fine, but just won't freaking boot.
Something to note: When my Windows XP cd wouldn't boot the system as described above, I thought it might be a problem with the CDROM drive, so I tried to boot from my new Pioneer DVD drive, but it doesn't appear to be listed on my cmos boot order device list. Not sure why.
If anyone can help me or even point me in the right direction, I'll be forever in your debt. As a college student this computer is vital to my life, I have papers to write, research to do, etc etc. I beg you, please help