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Will not start up

I just put a am37 motherboard in my tower and hooked everything up to spec and when I turn it on it comes up and says set up f1 or system recovery f10. I push f1 and it comes up in bios and that is it when I exit out of it it does the same thing. I have the hd that came with the board hooked to it so it would boot.What could the problem be. Thank you for your help

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Did you assemble everything at once? Normally we only install the display adapter and the network card.

If everything is the same, Windows does realize you have a new board, with new chip sets among the many. Since your machine won't boot, I'll bet your primary HD partition needs to be set as active for the System Bios to load the Boot Strap phase properly. You can do this more easily by using the Windows CD to boot from. Choose Repair when prompted early on. You get a Dos Emulation screen. Type HELP and press enter. You see a list of commands you can use. Choose FixMBR, and then FixBoot. Now reboot and don't press any keys while the Windows CD is still in your drive bay.

Should that fail, boot from your Windows CD b y pressing a key when prompted, and let it proceed to install, on the second stop screen Windows tells you a version of Windows is already installed. At this point you can choose the alternate Repair option. This installs Windows, but by repairing the OS that's there now. This works pretty good, you have to type in the Product key at the end and you will have to activate windows again. Don't try to do that on Weekends, the activation server is usually in use and your place in line numbers in the thousands.


You will need your special drivers on a floppy or CD if you have two CD drives, a memory card may work too. In the bios setup pages you may find an option to choose Save Configuration. This allows the bios, which has no clue it was just installed, to realize the old drive has an OS, you want to set the bios up to read the primary hard drive and set the boot configuration to the proper hard drive as well.

Then, if you get the F10 for System Recovery you give that a try, but I would tap F8 until you get the boot menu and then choose safe mode. While in Safe Mode you can install the board drivers for your new system board.

Sorry for rambling around. Its late and I'll be going to bed shortly.


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