I have built 7 computers previously by purchasing components, assembling, installing OS, etc. I just recently bought an Intel D945GCPE motherboard, PS, CPU (Core 2 Duo 4500 2.2 GHz) and 1 GB DDR2 RAM. I am reusing a 160 GB hard drive and have a new Lite-On DVD ROM, both of which have SATA interfaces. No matter what I do, I cannot get the system to boot. The BIOS comes up fine and displays on the monitor. It shows correct info detected on CPU, RAM, DVD, and hard drive. However, when I allow it past the settings screen, the lights on the DVD and hard drive continue to come on in an alternating fashion for about 3 seconds each in a continuous loop. Nothing else shows on the display. No codes are shown nor are any beeps generated by the motherboard to indicate an error condition. I cannot get the DVD drawer to open to even insert my OS disc.
I have never had a problem with an assembled system before and this one has me stumped. I have triple-checked PS, SATA, and case connections and everything appears correct. I would appreciate any advice or insight.
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For the past few upgrade cycles I have upgraded by purchasing the best value new computers with the OS installed. I connect the old computers to the new via a home network. The newest has Win-7 and is much faster, however, the learning curve is steep getting all the old stuff to work. So for some stuff I still rely on the older machine. This has given me the best results.I still use Vista and XP, but if you feel compelled to upgrade do to security reason I would follow the following outline.
Back up on an external USB drive all important documents. You must do this if not Murphy's rules will apply and it can be a train wreck!!
Down load Acronis from Western Digital website. Make a Boot disk.
Create a clone copy of your master C:/ drive on an external USB drive.
Purchase a same or larger internal PC master C: drive "It must be a Western Digital for the free version of Acronis to work"
Replace current drive with new.
Using Acronis boot disk boot up and connect USB drive
Clone new drive from USB with vista OS using the Acronis boot disk and confirm all is well
You now have a way to go back. Your original drive still has the Vista OS with all your Junk and the new drive should have the same.
Using the new drive go to the Microsoft website and go for OS seven. Keep your clone copy of the vista OS on the USB drive in case the seven blows-up during install.
Retain the original C: drive with the vista OS in case you get into difficulty with the new drive.(mark the drive with date etc)
I have successfully done this for computers and keep a drive loaded with a known good OS for the day it all goes bad.
Sync-toy is the backup program that I use to keep everything up to date.
If you put in a hard drive that already had an OS on it and such, it won't work since the new computer has different parts from the last. You will have to buy Windows 7, or obtain windows through some method of your choice and do a clean install. Sorry buddy.
You don't say exactly at what point in the boot sequence the system crashed and restarts. Many things could be at work here. You say you are using the HDD from the previous system. Did you swap this drive straight out and are still using the OS load from the previous system? Windows loads drivers at startup based upon the hardware installed. If you are using and old WIndows load with a new mainboard, this could be the entire cause of your crashes. YOu may be able to get to SAGE mode and remove the old drivers and try to restart the system, but from experience I will tell you that to get the best results when installing a new mainboard, you should reload the OS from the original OS disk, and then load the new mainboard drivers.
To Install the Windows 7 Operating System (Win 7 OS):
Instructions for a "Clean/New Windows 7 Installation:
AFTER BACKING ALL YOUR DATA THAT YOU DON"T WANT TO LOSE, Do the Following :
1) Insert your Genuine Windows 7 System Disc (Retail or OEM System Installation Disc).
2) Close down all programs and restart your computer.
3) As soon as the computer restarts, you should see a prompt that says something like this: "Press any key to boot from cd/dvd"
....So press any key!... This will boot to the installation disc and prepare for installation or repair (we are going to be installing windows, so ignore the repair options you see on the screen).
*If you don't press a key in time, you will see that the computer will attempt to boot from the hard disc drive instead... if that happens, restart the computer and press a key when prompted.
4) Depending on your particular Windows Version, you will see a prompt that says something about "Do you accept the license terms?" Click "Yes" or "I accept", etc.. and continue on...
5) Choos Custom or Advanced Settings (the other option is for an upgrade..)
6)Select the desired hard disc drive, (HDD aka Hard Drive), Select "Drive Options", and follow the onscreen instructions "Delete the partitions" (Do not Leave another windows installation on the same hard disc drive, unless you are experienced and know how to "dual-boot" properly!) Delete the Partitions.
7) Now choose to install windows (be sure to select the newly deleted empty (unformatted) partition. Windows 7 will automatically format the drive for you and will begin to install windows 7. Follow the onscreen instructions and within a half an hour or less (depending on your hardware) you will be finished, just be sure not to leave the computer unattended while performing a windows installation, since it requires your input quite often to proceed.
That's pretty much all there is to it!.. if you have any more trouble...
Google it or Bing it.... Search Engines are awesome!.... Enjoy!
*NOTE- If your windows 7 disc is a "Upgrade" disc, then you must perform an upgrade while running your previous/older windows version, since Windos Upgrade Discs aren't bootable, they simply patch the older version, replace system files, etc... to transform the previous windows installation into the target/newer version. If you want to perform a clean install, be sure you own a Windows 7 Installation / System Startup Disc.
You have to re-install your Operating System. You have significantly changed the controllers of the mainboard (from ASUS to GIGABYTE) and therefore all of the device drivers and controllers etc that are loaded into your OS are for the ASUS board.
You can get away with no OS reinstall only if you change the same brand of mainbaord, even then its not always 100% compatible.
Make sure that you set the POST first boot to CD.
If the disk is a bootable disc, you should be able to boot from the CD.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me ASAP.
Important Note: Only a computer professional should perform assembling, disassembling, upgrading and troubleshooting computers since the electronic devices may cause serious damage to the installer, the system, or its components if it is done improperly. Before attempting to disassemble or assemble computers, install components in a computer or troubleshoot computers, carefully review the documentation specific for the computer and its related components. Lastly, make sure to follow Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) procedures.
Determine if the system worked before. Determine if there have been any recent changes. Often if a recent change is been made, the recent change is the cause of the problem.
Check to see if your system feels warm and check the processor for overheating. NOTE: Use extreme caution when checking for heat, since you can be easily burned.
Make sure that the power supply fan is running properly and any other external case fans are running properly. Make sure that the air intakes for the external fans are unobstructed and have at least several inches away from walls and other items.
Make sure the fans on the processor are connected properly and running.
Make sure that the thermal interface material or the thermal grease is applied properly.
Disable thermal measurements and power saving features in the BIOS setup program.
Update the system BIOS to the newest version. In addition, check to see if your system has a firmware that could also be updated to the newest version. Refer to your motherboard documentation.
Check the BIOS using the BIOS/CMOS setup utility, particularly the boot order. Make sure that your system is detecting all of the drives and make sure that the drive you are trying to boot is listed.
Do not overclock your system. Your system can become unreliable, may shorten the life of your PC components, may damage your PC components and may void your warranty.
Check the BIOS using the BIOS/CMOS setup utility, especially the RAM settings.
Suggest running ScanDisk to see if your hard drive has a lot of lost clusters and other anomalies. If you don't properly shutdown your computer using the Start button shutdown option, you may see some lost clusters and possible bad clusters.
Suggest running an updated virus checker to see if your system is affected by a virus.
Suggest reloading the OS, drivers or program.
Suggest reformatting the hard drive and reinstalling everything
Verify that your chassis/case and power supply is appropriate for the processor model and frequency and the motherboard you are planning to use. For Intel Pentium® processor 4 based systems, you should be using an AXT12V, SFX12V or PS3-12V power supply.
D drive can be formatted from windows itself. open my computer. right click and click format and follow instructions.
But C cannot be formatted from windows as it contains files that would be in use.To format C insert the windows(OS) CD and restart. change boot option. this can be done by pressing F4 or F8 while the system starts. now cahnge boot device to cd. now follow the instructions to load the OS(windows) and install it in C. Select quick format or format and you are done. All previous data and the OS would be deleted and the drive would be formatted and the new OS would be installed. If You want to keep your previous files, select keep files system intact while the procedure is being run.