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January 18, 2014 1:12:46 AM

I just built a gaming computer for myself. I have a cheap cd/dvd optical disk, Z87 msi mpower motherboard, AMD HD graphics card, 1TB WD HDD, i5 processor, and other stuff thatvi dont think matters to list, if anyone needs to know anything about the other parts to answer the question let me know.
---Anyway, I put it together, turned it on, it runs fine and I can access BIOS, I changed the boot order and put the CD/DVD optical drive first, rebooted and got a message saying "Reboot and Select prober Boot device- or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key" I put in my copy of windows 8.1 pro that I downloaded from Dreamspark and hit enter, the computer thought for a second and I heard the OD(optical drive) spin but then got the same message pop up. The computer would not read the disk. I made sure the boot order had the OD first and that the OD was connected to the motherboard and it recognized it. I dont know what the problem is, if you have any ideas or know how to fix it let me know!

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January 18, 2014 2:14:44 AM

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You did not say how you burnt the Win 8.1 file onto the DVD
does it have extension ISO or something else such as BIN
If ISO use ImgBurn to create the bootable DVD

Put your Win 8.1 DVD in another PC and report what you can see on it ?
Can the other PC boot from this DVD ?

If you have a bootable Windows CD or DVD see if that works in new build
If not you may need another DVD Drive

Just occasionally some SATA ports are for Hard Disks only not optical disks (details would be in user guide)

regards

Mike Barnes
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January 18, 2014 2:19:13 AM

My guess would be the problem is caused by the way the image has been burnt to the disc. It's much more likely this is the fault than a faulty ODD - presuming it's new.

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January 18, 2014 8:26:13 AM

mbarnes86 said:
Hi


You did not say how you burnt the Win 8.1 file onto the DVD
does it have extension ISO or something else such as BIN
If ISO use ImgBurn to create the bootable DVD

Put your Win 8.1 DVD in another PC and report what you can see on it ?
Can the other PC boot from this DVD ?

If you have a bootable Windows CD or DVD see if that works in new build
If not you may need another DVD Drive

Just occasionally some SATA ports are for Hard Disks only not optical disks (details would be in user guide)

regards

Mike Barnes


Thank you for your reply! I downloaded the Windows 8 onto the desktop on a school computer, then used Roxy to burn the windows 8 onto a disk. When i put the disk into my other computer it gives me two parts "Files currently on the disk" which contains a folder titled "Windows 8.1(multiple editions)(x64)-DVD(english)" and then a "Files Ready to be written onto disk" which contains a small 174 bytes of info.titled "desktop".
When i open the first file it shows me a powerISO file titled "en_windows_8_1_x64_dvd_2707.
whenever i open the powerISO file it opens powerISO and starts converting it? i think? im not sure what it is doing but it looks like it has all the information to be able to boot and install and OS but it wont. How can i fix this? If i burn Windows 8 to a disk again, how should i do it? Thank you again for your time!
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January 18, 2014 9:16:44 AM

By the sounds of it what you've done is copied the file to the disc rather than creating a bootable cd with it - it's a common mistake if you haven't done it before.

Certain software can "mount" the image (ISO file) to a disc, Imgburn is one of the best at doing so. Have a look at their website, something like imgburn.com, and download their application. When you launch it you're given various options, choose the one titled something like "Write image to disc" and follow the instructions. This way the files aren't stored on the disc, they are mounted to it so your computer can boot from it.
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January 18, 2014 9:18:01 AM

Alternatively, to save you wasting discs, you can do the same with a USB stick and an open source freeware application called USB Installer from Pendrivelinux.com. Just make sure you use the correct drive when the USB is attached and remember anything on it will have to be removed.
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