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Cannot install Windows XP Pro

justinpraino

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Oct 18, 2006
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#1
I have recently bought a new computer that as planned was without an OS.

Motherboard:ASRock AliveNF4G-DVI

AM2 3800+ SKT 940 DUAL CORE X2 Athlon 64 Bit

1GB DDR2 and 300GB SATA H/Drive

However when I try to boot from CD it just comes up saying "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key".
I have no floppy drive installed,so unable to use bootdisks.
Not sure what is wrong,please help.
THanks Justin Praino
 

Jamey

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Jan 21, 2006
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Location
Telford, UK
#2
You need to change the boot priority in the BIOS so that it firstly boots from your optical drive (CD or DVD) and then your hard disk drive.

Exact instructions for changing the boot order may be available in your computer manual or via the manufacturer's own support. Usually you press either F1, F2, Delete or F12 when you first switch on your computer to gain access to the BIOS.
 

justinpraino

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#3
Thanks for the reply.Yeah I have went into BIOS and changed the boot order to optical drive and then hard drive, and actually disabled floppy drive, however it is still coming up with the same thing.I have tried booting up from another disk I have but the same thing happens.I have been in contact with the seller although they are unsurprisingly slow at getting back to me.It sounds like the optical drive is spinning and reading the CD.
Regards Justin
 

justinpraino

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#4
It turns out it was a faulty optical drive.So just temporarily replaced it with an old CD drive and it worked.Thanks
 
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Wolfeymole

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