Just built a new PC - cannot boot

By tommytomotom
Apr 29, 2009
  1. Hi,

    So this is my third build and this has never happened before....

    I put the power on and got the "insert disc and press any key" message - so I put in my XP CD and the setup files loaded, but THEN, I got the BSOD.

    I took the CD out and restarted the PC but as soon as the setup messages finished, I just got the "-" in the top-left of the screen that you get just before the OS boots. I can't get rid of it, and if I put a CD in the drive, it whirs but nothing happens, the "-" just stays there.

    I can get into BIOS but not sure what help that can be...

    I'm at wit's end here, anyone have any ideas?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. tommytomotom

    tommytomotom TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok change of situation.

    I changed the CD drive to primary boot drive and the CD loaded again.

    But, I got another blue error page.

    At the bottom, it says :

    "STOP: 0X0000007E ........................
    pci.sys - Address ............................."

    The dots are more numbers.

    So I can't install XP :(
  3. tommytomotom

    tommytomotom TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Lol well seems like I keep fixing a problem and creating a new one, but I just tried a different XP disc (one with the key already in use) and the setup is working, so the disc I bought must be faulty. What happens if I install XP with a disc I've already used? Is it OK as long as I enter a different licence number?
  4. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    It really depends. If it's volume media and you have a volume key then it should work. If it's not volume media and you're not using a volume key then you should be fine also - as long as you use a different key. I tried mixing it once (don't remember which way) and it gave me problems - until I switched the media out.
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