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Cannot get my new PC working!

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by iamgud, 3 May 2006.

  1. iamgud


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 3,780

    Location: UK

    I recently got my new PC from OCUK, and I my 9700GTX arrived today. as soon as I got infrom work I fired the baby up and it started working. :D

    But when it tries to load the XP CD it says:


    Tried it with the 2k disc and same result.

    It is a Dfi Expert and is set to boot from the CD. It spins and stuff so msut be working? One thing I have noticed is the cable that connects it is blue at one end, should this end be in the Motherboard or the drive?

    Please help, I wanna play Oblivion at max settings. :D
  2. semi-pro waster

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 27 Sep 2004

    Posts: 25,829

    Location: Glasgow

    The colour of the ends makes no difference to the cabling. Have you tried it with a different IDE cable? Normally when I've had that sort of error it has been a scratched disk but the fact that you have tried two makes me wonder if the drive is being picked up correctly.
  3. kbc

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 Nov 2004

    Posts: 1,631

    Location: London

    Yes, I've got that disk boot error, and it's pretty frustrating, as I can only boot into Windows XP with my XP disc.

    This happened after I volt modded my 7900GT and plugged it in, somehow - a vulnerable part of Windows got corrupted, though PCI locks were in place (if this had an affect)...

    I've tried the repair through Windows recovery console... but to no avail, guess I'll format and reinstall Windows. :(
  4. derbyjake


    Joined: 8 Nov 2005

    Posts: 425

    Location: Derbyshire UK

    is it a sata hard drive ?

    take it uve loaded the sata drivers
  5. iamgud


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 3,780

    Location: UK

    No IDE. :confused:

    Just tried another DVD player and the same result, need another XP disc.
  6. ErNciLator

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 26 Jan 2006

    Posts: 1,040

    flash cmos :D and pray
  7. iamgud


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 3,780

    Location: UK

    Got another XP CD from my mate, gonna give this a go when I get home, fingers crossed. :D
  8. iamgud


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 3,780

    Location: UK

    It gets weirder.

    I got a good CD from my friend and it still wouldn't boot but atleast I got an error. "Cannot find NTLDR"

    Anyway I had the RAM in slots 2 and 4, took the RAM in slot 4 out, and it booted!!!

    So I have 1 stick in slot 2. (orange slot on a DFI Expert).

    Installed Windows and all is good until I try and download the Nforce Drivers. Corrupted file apparently when I try and install. So I install from the CD and it is fine. Same happens for the Graphics drivers, however Firefox installs fine, Teamspeak has an error saying corrupted file also.

    But I installed UT2004 from the DVD and it works fine, not that I can play it online as when I download the patch, guess what..... exact same thing.

    So what the hell is up with this, I have tried several combinations of memory in various slots and it still does this, Windows has been reinstalled. But Installing stuff from the CD works fine.

    I have tried both sticks in all slots and it either doesn't boot or does boot and does this.

    Have also tried some old Ram and it does the same, but I cannot be sure this Ram is working 100%.

    So what next.

    Help, this is really crap, I spend 1.5k on a PC and I can't install anything. What I will try next is copying something to the hard drive and thenh installing, rather than installing direct from the CD and see if this works.
  9. gam3r


    Joined: 20 Jun 2005

    Posts: 3,789

    Location: London..

    I had this problem when i built my PC, can't remember how i fixed it but i remember trying an alternative windows disc.

    Make sure you got your primary book set to CD.
  10. fornowagain


    Joined: 3 Nov 2004

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    Location: UK

    Last edited: 6 May 2006
  11. iamgud


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 3,780

    Location: UK

    Yes, the DFI Firewall is turned on. Will give this a go. Maybe it isn't the memory then as the mobo has a utility called Memtest86. ran this for ages, including test8 several times which is apparently the most stressful yet no errors.

    Thanks for you help everyone, I will report back later. :D