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 Post subject: Desktop PC Needs HELP!!!
PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 4:01 pm 
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My computer problem started when I accidentally purchased a SATA hard drive for an IDE only computer. I installed the SATA hard drive as a backup and documents drive using a PCI card and adaptors. All was well until the main IDE hard drive failed. I was able to get Windows to install the drivers for the SATA hard drive, but when the Windows installer went to reboot, the motherboard did not recognize the SATA hard drive. I bought another 40 gb IDE hard drive to install windows on. While I had been messing around trying to get the BIOS to recognize the SATA hard drive, I reset the BIOS settings. Now, I can’t install Windows from the CD-ROM because the CD-ROM info was stored in the BIOS.

My questions are: 1) How do I install my CD-ROM from scratch without Windows? 2) Is there a way to get my BIOS to see my SATA hard drive that has some Windows install info? 3) How do I get startup info on my blank IDE hard drive failing questions 1 & 2. .

Thanks!

My computer specs are as follows:

ASUS MB, AMD Athlon 1.5 GB, 512 MB DDR SDRAM. The system is about 7 years old.


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 Post subject: Re: Desktop PC Needs HELP!!!
PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 8:01 pm 
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There should be a bios option to restore default settings. I'd try that.

XP has an installation option to install SATA drivers. If I remember right, you are prompted to press F6 early in the installation process to install the drivers.

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 Post subject: Re: Desktop PC Needs HELP!!!
PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 10:57 pm 
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also, if you can get Windows installed, look to update your BIOS to the latest version, that may add sata support as well


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 Post subject: Re: Desktop PC Needs HELP!!!
PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 11:11 pm 
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guess I can't edit my own posts. I mentioned the BIOS update in case stuff goes wrong in the future it could help make things a little easier in the future


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