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« on: February 09, 2004, 11:52:44 PM »

Operating System Version:Windows XP Pro
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I am trying to install Windows XP Pro and i can't get my CDRW drive or my DVD/r drives 2 boot. Both drives i got from an e-machines. I am using an
ASUS A78XNE-Deluxe motherboard
Athlon XP
(2)PC2700 512mb DDR memory with heatsinks
PNY 5200 128mb AGP
120gb Western Digital HDD
40gb Western Digital  HDD
currently i have on IDE1 i have the 120g and my DVD
on IDE2 i have the 40g and the CDRW.

The Asus board has SATA RAID capabilities but is not hooked up 2 either drive. Windows XP Pro has been on the system before and I am trying to start over doing a clean install. The 120GWD drive has been partitioned and on of those partitions is formatted FAT32. When Windows XP was previously on it, it was NTFS.The 40gWD is brand new and unformatted. If I boot into DOS with a Windows 98 boot disk I can see the information on the optical drive via the 'HELP' command yet neither optical drive will boot, through boot 1st priority. I purchased a TDK DVD/RW and tried that but I can't even get that one 2 open.
Is this a configuration problem or a compatibility problem. Please help. Thank You



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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2004, 09:15:07 AM »


to eliminate the configuration issue, try a simpler configuration. Hook up just one HD, one of your drives (CR/RW or DVD). on IDE1 and IDE2. check that the BIOS can see both drives, modify boot sequence and give it a go!

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