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New build, bios recognizes dvd drive/HDD but not windows 7 disc

I'm new to this forum, diagnosing my first build, and am still learning the basics, so bare with me kindly please.

My bios won't read the legal retail copy of windows 7 home premium.


In storage configuration, I have AHCI selected. Additionally, I tried all combinations of boot orders/drive disabling between my seagate barracuda 500 gb and my RW dvd drive. Regardless of which drive is selected to boot from, I still get the same error paraphrased: "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media into selected boot device and press a key"

I noticed if I have the hdd selected (boot order) and hit a key, the error message pops up immediately. However, when the disc drive is selected and I insert the w7 disc, it takes 5 seconds before the error message pops up again.

Both hdd and disc drive are connected via SATA3 ports.

My build:
Asrock z75 pro
Intel i5 3570k
GTX 660
Seagate Barracuda 500 gb
4 gb Corsair Vengance
Rosewill Hive 650 W
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    Not being a smarta**, but the DVD is label side up and it is a DVD drive right? I ask because have seen both many, many times. Might try in IDE mode as the Drive might require a specific driver (also might want to update BIOS on the score), Is the DVD drive #1 in the boot order? Might check those first, if no joy get back to us
  2. Thanks for your input. I have the disc in the right way but have not tried IDE mode yet. I'm currently creating an ISO image of it onto a new disc. I will post back about my progress.
  3. We'll be here
  4. I don't know what your time zone is, but its hitting 11 pm here, so have to wrap things up. I ended up using imgburn to create a windows 7 copy onto empty disc. I popped that sucker in and my computer is happily being brainwashed downstairs. Thanks for your help.
  5. No problem, I'm on PST time, sounds like you are East coast, have a good 1 !
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