Yes, brand new legitimate copy of windows bought from Newegg. Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit.
This is not to make you feel stupid, but you have both data and power SATA cables connected? Sometimes solutions are silly easy like not having pushed the RAM down all the way into the slot sort of thing...
haha yeah I'm hoping it's something easy like that and not a bad piece of hardware.
Both data and power SATA cables are connected yeah, both are definitely getting power and both are registering in the BIOS too.
I'll try resetting the RAM.
Could it be the motherboard battery?
You wouldn't get to BIOS if it were the battery. Describe exactly what's going on for me. In my situation, if I prioritize the boot order, my rig POSTs, then flashes an action screen where it prompts me to hit any key to boot from a disk. Do you get that?
Yeah that's what has happened to every other computer I've had. With this I get the DELL screen on startup, for setup and boot options. I've set the boot priority for the DVD drive. The next screen I see is always ...
No boot device available
SATA 1: INSTALLED
SATA 2: INSTALLED
SATA 3: None
SATA 4: None
always this screen whether i manually select the boot device or not.