Windows does not boot after install

By Tenchiroz
Mar 2, 2008
  1. Hi all i recently bought a new computer here are the specs

    Asus M2a-vm hdmi
    2.6ghz Dual core AMD processor
    2 gb of crosair ram dual channel

    I've set everything up to work but the motherboard only comes with on data cable slot, so i used the master for the dvd writer and the slave for the seagate 110gb HDD now onto the problem.

    After i install windows i go through my normal back up reinstall most programs copy iso's and what not, but when i turn my computer off through power off and then back on i get a disk read error and i need to insert my system disk and restart the computer. Also when i installed windows i used one cd to start the installation and the other to install it this is because the first disk couldn't copy a certain file, this is all i know so far of my problem so it would be great if anyone can provide some insight thank ya!
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,260   +92

    Eh, I could be wrong on this but I can't imagine it's wise to slave the primary HDD to your optical drive. You might want to consider buying a PCI ATA controller or a SATA HDD.

    I wouldn't start troubleshooting the drive until you've taken care of that first.
  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    That's strange, did you use an original Windows install CD (obviously not)
    And is this Windows genuine. (This question is very important)

    Regarding the Slave, I agree with Zenosincks.
    You should put the Hard Drive on its own data cable
    And the CD/DVD on another
    And set both to Cable Select (if ATA)
  4. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    It could simply be that your BIOS boot sequence is not properly set & only looks to boot on the optical drive.
  5. Tenchiroz

    Tenchiroz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yes my windows is genuiine i just have a problem with the cds, i'm validated and all that, so do you think if i set my HDD to primary instead of slave then it should work?
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    No, not exactly.

    I'm saying put your Hard Drive as Primary on its own data cable.
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