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Cannot install windows xp on single hitachi deskstar sata drive

By flat
Oct 12, 2007
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  1. im attempting to set up a new pc as follows:

    amd athlon x2 4000+
    MSI K9vGM-V
    hitachi deskstar 80Gb SATA
    (i have no floppy drive)

    i have the hard disk connected in the "sata1" socket on the motherboard
    i have set the system to boot from cd-rom
    the bios finds my dvd drive and the sata drive.

    i get the message "verifying dmi pool data"
    then "boot from cd"
    then "disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter."

    the xp disk definately works
    the sata drive is listed on startup, so the bios can see it. all the connections seem ok on the motherboard.

    any help would be really useful guys
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    Does the windows install actually begin?
  3. flat

    flat TS Rookie Topic Starter

    no, it doesn't go as far as windows.

    it says "boot from cd :"
    then it gives the error message, the windows installation doesn't actually start
  4. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    You either have a problem with your dvd drive or the windows install disk you are using isnt bootable then.

    How is the jumper on the back of the dvd rom set?
  5. flat

    flat TS Rookie Topic Starter

    both the dvd drive and the hard disk are both set to be masters - is that the way it should be?

    actually there is no jumper on the dvd-drive - would it not default to master though?
  6. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    Aha, seems we have found the problem. Assuming ats an ata dvd drive then it should be set to master in order to work.
  7. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    If your hdd is sata then it wont have a jumper setting at all.


    Do you know the difference between ata and sata?
  8. flat

    flat TS Rookie Topic Starter

    yeah im pretty sure i understand the difference.
    i'll set the dvd drive to master and let you know how i get on...
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