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Posted on Friday, January 3, 2003 - 11:00 am:   

Okay...I need help here

I had a major crash, so I figured it was time to upgrade.

I bought a MSI K7T Turbo 2 MS-6330 ATX MB
I also bought a new WD 80 GB HDD with 8 MB buffer
In addition I have my old WD 80 GB HDD with 2 MB Buffer.

I have a Athlon XP 1700 + and a Pny Geforce2 MX 400 Video Card with 64 MB.
I also have 1 GB PC133 SDRAM along with a 16 X DVD ROM and a 32X10 CDRW, and a Sound Blaster Live

When I set up the HDD's on IDE 1 the Motherboard recognizes both. I have the DVD & CDRW on IDE 2 and it wont recognize the DVD and displays gibberish for the CDRW.

If I set up the DVD & CDRW as slaves to the HDD's it still wont recognize the DVD but does show the 32X10.

I'm trying to do a clean install of Windows XP Pro , In the BIOS i set it up to boot from the CD, and even though it recognizes the drive it won't boot from it..
If I boot from a Win98 Start up disk with CD ROM support, it wont read from the CD.

The New HDD has not been formated or partitioned

What can I do to get the motherboard to recognize all my drives and install Windows XP ....

As I said, I'm stumped.

Thanks for any feedback

Posted on Friday, January 3, 2003 - 9:49 pm:   

Gibberish like smileys and the like can usually be attributed to an overclock/corruption of data. make sure the cpu is detected properly in mhz AKA not overclocked by some setting in bios that might run the PCI bus out of spec. Your MSI board may have a setting in bios for FSB/PCI 1:1, 1/2 or 1/3 for instance.
v (Vera)
Posted on Friday, January 3, 2003 - 10:32 pm:   


Usually the harddrives are each set up as master drives with the rom devices set as slave. Something I have run into is, a rom device not being recognised when set to auto in BIOS. You could check and try setting it to none. Another thing I prefer to do is install OS with minimal devices, then add extras after a successful install.
My 2 cents

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