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Help with building computer

by Magicbane / March 28, 2005 10:31 AM PST

Hey everybody. So I have been working on building my own computer. So far everything has gone well, until it came to installing the OS. So I have a Windows 2K disc, and tried using the method of 4 bootable floppies, and neither worked.

LAN Party UT 250Gb MOBO
Generic Floppy drive
Maxtor 200 Gig HD
Windows 2000 SP4 Pro
AMD Athlon 3000+ 64 bit CPU

Under the bios, it only sometimes recognizes the DVD burner, and then if a floppy is in the drive, it goes through lines of text, and ultimately ends up with "IDE CD Driver Installed Successfully".

Under the bios, it does not show my Hard drive at all. It did once, but it has not since. I have tried auto detect HD, which didn't work. Also, I had to do Auto Detect HD for it to recognize my DVD burner, and I have to do it everytime. Also, I have tried several bootable CDs. I know that the HD works, because I used it in my old computer up until now, but unfortunately that computer has died, hence the new one. Also, the Hard Drive's Driver CD doesn't work. It makes me rather angry, so any help would be great. Thanks a lot.


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Did you do something odd?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 28, 2005 10:50 AM PST

Like partition the drive before booting Windows 2000?

Or did you expect Windows 2000 to see that 200GB drive during install? (Hint: it can't see more than 127/137GB)

This and more at


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Reply: Something Odd
by Magicbane / March 29, 2005 1:45 AM PST

No. I formatted the drive. And I can't have Windows 2000 on it, because, I can't install Windows to a drive that it doesn't recognize. Also it CAN recognize a larger drive so long as it is professional with SP3 or 4. Mine is Windows 2000 Professional Service Pack 4, thus it is fine. It is not Windows that is not detecting the drive, it is the bios.


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Help with building computer
by jcrobso / March 30, 2005 12:49 AM PST

I'm assuming that the HD is IDE primary Master and the DVD burner is IDE secondary Master. Since this is a new MB it SHOULD be able to find both the HD and DVD. I have installed W2K PRO SP2 from a DVD burner with no problems.
Check the MB web site for a Bios update. John

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like the reply before me, did you set the jumpers right
by zxcvb531 / April 28, 2005 7:14 PM PDT

Sounds like the DVD and Harddrive are set with same jumpers settings, windows will only see one if the are set the same.

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