I have installed Windows XP Pro but I cannot get the motherboard to boot from the hard drive. It always looks to boot from the CD ROM of Floppy. It says "Read error". If I leave the Win XP Pro installation CD in all it does is go through the motions of installing the OS again instead of loading the system from the harddrive and completing the system install. What do I need to do?
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This model motherboard does not use IDE/PATA hard drives.
The problem is that XPinstallation CD does not have a SATA driver, unless you have a SATA drive on adisk etc. and can install the driver when XP asks for a hard drive driver then,XP cannot detect the hard disk and therefore won't install XP.
Go into the BIOS anddisable the SATA drive (enable IDE emulation), this will make XP think it is aIDE/PATA hard disk. Then you can install XP normally. When Windows hasbeen installed then install all the device drivers (including the SATA driver),then shut down and boot up and got into the BIOS and enable the SATA drive.
replace leads that attach from your motherboard to hard drive One bad/faulty lead can cause a computer with lots of problems replace all the leads that attach to your hard drive including electrical extensions + IDE,SATAthe ones that attach from your motherboard to hard drive make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections and are not faulty or just replace them they are probably old and faulty ? hope this helps
If your hard drive is NOT a SATA hard drive, try looking on the back side of the hard drive, and see if the jumper pins are set at "cable select". If they are not, this could be the problem. Once the pins are configured correctly, this should solve the problem.
I had this problem on a computer recently. This particular motherboard may be needing the driver on the Windows XP SP2 disk. Your motherboard may have been made to use Microsoft SATA drivers. Othewise, there would have been a driver disk that came with the motherboard to let it see that SATA hard drive. If it's a new hard drive, you have to reinstall the O/S so use a disk new enough to have SP2 included.
If you mean boot from cd with xp pro during setup you will have the opportunity to format drive either fat32 or ntfs use ntfs I have never done it but if you can do it partition your hard drive so that you can save personal file and programs on second partition then if you have to format drive again your files on second partition will not be lost
You can manually disconnect the IDE/SATA cable temporarily from your motherboard (the one with NT PRO & XP HOME), then you can cleanly install a Windows XP on your new Hardisk. And after installing, you can re-connect the other hardrive on your computer and format it under your NEW Windows XP, be sure to set the BIOS BOOTUP sequence that you boot on the right drive.
i am assuming you have allowed the bios to detect that there is a different hard drive fitted as it will be looking to boot from an non existent drive.
If you have fitted a new HDD with an operating system already on it then you will have to repair windows as its a change in hardware.
If you cant get the bios to see the drive then the motherboard has an IDE or Sata connector problem.
Your motherboard could be the problem! But it could also be your memory, hard drive or the file system that resides on the hard drive!
I don't think you would've gotten that far if you were having memory problems, but its still possible, however, we'll focus on it being the hard drive/filesystem!
Boot to the XP CD, When your given the option to assign hard drive, select the hard drive you want to install to, and delete all the partitions! Then recreate partition(s)! (When you recreate partitions through XP install the first created is always a primary partition, subsequent partitions will be extended!! That means if a partition is already there a newly created partition will be in an extended partition)
Now that the partition is created format it(don't quick format do a full format)!
If that ends up with an error or the same problem its probably your hard drive or motherboard!(If you go a spare hard drive you can try that to see if it goes beyond the reboot!!)
try this first and see how it works out, get back to me if any questions.