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Happy New Year - I Cant get into XP pro set up.

1. Original problems - boot up windows screen frozen and constantly having to install raid drivers so that my 2 raptor disks can be detected for ? reason. ? wrong drivers.

My solution: fooled around with setup options (entered into by pressing DEL at startup) and tried installing alternative raid drivers from my motherboard disk.

Reason: ? seemed like a good thing to do at the time.

Result: 2 dvd drivers no longer detected, 2 hard drives still undetected - I can see: Pri. Master Disk: none, Pri. Slave Disk: none, Sec Master Disk: none, Sec Slave Disk: none), there is no longer any boot up screen at all and no option/ability to go into setup. At the end of it all I get the message: Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter.

2. My solution: boot from winxp pro cd - no good cause hard drives aren't detected and therefore no where to install xp and option of repair via console not possible.

Result: nothing.

*** I would really appreciate some help. I am sure it's common for newbies to get themselves into trouble like this but i have not found a net-based solution yet. I would really like to not lose the things i have on my hard drive but am willing to do a format/ fresh install if it's needed and possible. Please dont tell me i need to take my computer down to the local computer shop and pay through my nose for some guy to take 5 mins to fix the problem...

Thanks in advance. If more info is needed, ask away.

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Are these SATA drives?

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If so, Microsoft doesn't detect those until we install SATA and maybe motherboard drivers. It's a sad situation since vendors appear to not be supplying how to install XP on such. But here's GOOGLE to the rescue. Type these words into and select the article you like.



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Yes, I think they are SATA drives. Will google for help.

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Thanks for the suggestion Bob. Will report back soon.

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it's just not happening.

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No luck. I am not even able to install the sata/raid drivers from the motherboard manufacturer, gigabyte (GA-K8NXP-SLI) via the 'F6' 3rd party installation option at the beginning of xp installation. The hard drives are refusing to show themselves so I therefore can't install XP freshly and cant even access the recovery console.
I am thinking that the first step I need to take is getting my setup back.

As I mentioned, I am pretty sure I stuffed it all up when I went into setup and changed some settings affecting the auto/manual/none primary/secondary masters/slaves settings (for hard drives and dvd drives). If I recall, I set them all to 'manual' if that helps. Is there some way I change these settings without the use of setup.

Any other suggestions? Anyone?

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Take the BIOS settings back to "factory"

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It's always possible to thwart an OS install this way.


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Last resort?

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Yes, I have read that as a possible solution (I assume you mean by temporarily removing the cmos battery hoping that it'll reset everything when it is replaced). The only problem now is finding the cmos battery on the motherboard Silly any advice on what to look for (sorry I know it sounds stupid) and maybe how long i should keep the battery out for?

I might however give it a couple of hours before I attempt something like that incase you or someone can think of anything else Silly thanks for the help so far.

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(NT) Or use it's menu for "defaults."

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Some success!

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I have had some success and now have my setup back.
So now I am back to one of the original problems - the windows xp pro black boot up screen freezes (with the moving bar freezing) and there is nothing i can do to get out of it except cut the power. Each time I restart it happens again and I have to cut the power. I also don't seem to be able to boot from my xp cd even though I can now see the 2 dvd drives (still no detected hard drives as expected). Is there anything I can do perhaps in the setup which will help? Or perhaps a magic shortcut key?


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Can be proper. For instance..

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XP can't handle many machines install when we have some USB devices plugged in. For some unearthly reason Microsoft seems to think this is OK. Along with the hoops you have to jump through to use SATA drives.

Sorry, I can't tell what's amiss yet. Then again we have those CRACKED XP issues which that happens to. Not much to complain about there.


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Will keep trying

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Thanks for helping anyway. I'll keep fiddling around with settings until I get lucky and might consider taking it to a computer shop if i get desperate. My xp isn't cracked and it has worked fine for years on my laptop.
I guess it's just the hardware in my computer which it is having compatibility issues with. Actually, come to think of it, I really think it's my motherboard's problem as the support for it from the manufacturers isn't crash hot. Perhaps I need to keep hunting around for better drivers.

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When you reset the BIOS to default settings....

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did you then change the boot settings in the BIOS to boot from a CD?

Sorry, not an expert myself, and I am not sure what you have done, but reading this thread Bob said to reset the BIOS to default. That may have disabled the CD drive as a boot device. Did you reset it back?

You say you can see the 2 DVD drives, (are they DVD or CD/DVD?), but does that mean you have set one in the BIOS to boot from?


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yup, I changed the boot settings to cd 1st, hd 2nd and floppy 3rd. Still luck with the screen freezing. Another thing I have noticed is that I have lost the option to restart in safety mode/restart at the last good config etc. Does that help?
I didn't end up resetting the bios to default but finally got into setup just by holding down DEL (instead of hitting it fast/repetitively) from the moment I turn on the power (didn't think it would happen due to the screen disappearing that usually gives me the option).
So once back into setup I reset the original (stupid) changes I made that stuffed it up further in the first place.
Yeah, one is a dvd-rw and the other is a dvd-rom? Does that make a difference?
But at the end of the day, the computer freezes at the black loading windows screen (I dont even get to the blue welcome screen) when I boot the computer. I did manage to boot up using my windows cd and even went through a completed repair of windows (successfully it said) but when it rebooted the same freezing happened.
Any help/advice is appreciated whether from an expect or not. Thanks.

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