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May 27, 2007 12:22:18 AM

Hi, folks. I'm putting together a new system from scratch. The hardware is
new from Newegg. The system POSTs just fine and I can get into the BIOS,
but
I can't boot from the floppy or DVD.

Equipment list:
Abit AB9 QuadGT, BIOS 10
CPU Intel Q6700 Quad-core, with a Zalman cooling fan (arctic silver used)
Memory is Kingston HyperX 8500 1G sticks - 4 pieces = 4G total
Floppy is Sony 1.44M
Hard drive is Samsung HD501LJ, attached to SATA connector 1
Optical is Samsung TSSTcorp CD/DVDw x 2, attached to SATA 2 and 3
Power supply is a Zalman 600 watt water-cooled
Video is MSI MX8500 GT

The problem is that while the system powers up and POSTs fine, it refuses
to boot. It will not boot from the floppy, and it will not boot from the
DVD
(either of the DVD drives). The lights flash as if it is reading the media.
I can hear the protective cover being withdrawn on the floppy. But I still
get

DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER

The floppy boots on another machine. The DVD is Windows XP MCE, brand new.
Here are the BIOS settings:

The floppy shows up as Drive A, 1.44M
Floppy 3 mode support is disabled (I have tried it both ways)

HD Boot priority is the Samsung before bootable add-in cards (of which
there are none)

Boot 1: floppy
Boot 2: SATA CD ROM
Boot 3: hard disk

Boot up floppy seek is disabled (I have tried it both ways - it lights up,
and I hear the cover retract)
IDE Bus Master is disabled (I have tried it both ways)
SATA mode is IDE (I tried AHCI with no visible difference aside from extra
text)
JMB363 SATA controller is disabled (enabled only gives the amusing "no any
drive found" message)
The onboard FDC is enabled

I have tried the fail-safe BIOS defaults. I have tried the optimized
defaults. Neither work.

The floppy is for flashing the BIOS to 13. It will boot in another PC, but
not the new one.

The Windows install DVD does not work in either optical drive. I even tried
disconnecting one drive, but the only benefit is that it didn't try to get
booted (only one "Boot from CD:" message instead of two).

So I appeal to the community: what could I try? What might be wrong? I'm
helping a friend put this together, so I don't have a spare floppy to try
(I'll
do that next), but that would solve only one problem if it worked. Like all
the other posters, I'm at my wits' end. I need help.

Thanks in advance!

Steve
May 27, 2007 5:14:49 AM

Quote:
Hi, folks. I'm putting together a new system from scratch. The hardware is
new from Newegg. The system POSTs just fine and I can get into the BIOS,
but
I can't boot from the floppy or DVD.

Equipment list:
Abit AB9 QuadGT, BIOS 10
CPU Intel Q6700 Quad-core, with a Zalman cooling fan (arctic silver used)
Memory is Kingston HyperX 8500 1G sticks - 4 pieces = 4G total
Floppy is Sony 1.44M
Hard drive is Samsung HD501LJ, attached to SATA connector 1
Optical is Samsung TSSTcorp CD/DVDw x 2, attached to SATA 2 and 3
Power supply is a Zalman 600 watt water-cooled
Video is MSI MX8500 GT

The problem is that while the system powers up and POSTs fine, it refuses
to boot. It will not boot from the floppy, and it will not boot from the
DVD
(either of the DVD drives). The lights flash as if it is reading the media.
I can hear the protective cover being withdrawn on the floppy. But I still
get

DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER

The floppy boots on another machine. The DVD is Windows XP MCE, brand new.
Here are the BIOS settings:

The floppy shows up as Drive A, 1.44M
Floppy 3 mode support is disabled (I have tried it both ways)

HD Boot priority is the Samsung before bootable add-in cards (of which
there are none)

Boot 1: floppy
Boot 2: SATA CD ROM
Boot 3: hard disk

Boot up floppy seek is disabled (I have tried it both ways - it lights up,
and I hear the cover retract)
IDE Bus Master is disabled (I have tried it both ways)
SATA mode is IDE (I tried AHCI with no visible difference aside from extra
text)
JMB363 SATA controller is disabled (enabled only gives the amusing "no any
drive found" message)
The onboard FDC is enabled

I have tried the fail-safe BIOS defaults. I have tried the optimized
defaults. Neither work.

The floppy is for flashing the BIOS to 13. It will boot in another PC, but
not the new one.

The Windows install DVD does not work in either optical drive. I even tried
disconnecting one drive, but the only benefit is that it didn't try to get
booted (only one "Boot from CD:" message instead of two).

So I appeal to the community: what could I try? What might be wrong? I'm
helping a friend put this together, so I don't have a spare floppy to try
(I'll
do that next), but that would solve only one problem if it worked. Like all
the other posters, I'm at my wits' end. I need help.

Thanks in advance!

Steve


Quote:
HD Boot priority is the Samsung before bootable add-in cards (of which
there are none)

Boot 1: floppy
Boot 2: SATA CD ROM
Boot 3: hard disk



I would say enter BIOS and select the DVD drive as the first boot device (or Boot 1), place the Windows OS CD in the drive, reboot, press any key and load the OS.
May 27, 2007 5:50:36 AM

In the bios, does it recognize and display the hard drive? Try booting with 1 or 2 sticks of ram.
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May 27, 2007 7:03:55 AM

Quote:
Hi, folks. I'm putting together a new system from scratch. The hardware is
new from Newegg. The system POSTs just fine and I can get into the BIOS,
but
I can't boot from the floppy or DVD.

Equipment list:
Abit AB9 QuadGT, BIOS 10
CPU Intel Q6700 Quad-core, with a Zalman cooling fan (arctic silver used)
Memory is Kingston HyperX 8500 1G sticks - 4 pieces = 4G total
Floppy is Sony 1.44M
Hard drive is Samsung HD501LJ, attached to SATA connector 1
Optical is Samsung TSSTcorp CD/DVDw x 2, attached to SATA 2 and 3
Power supply is a Zalman 600 watt water-cooled
Video is MSI MX8500 GT

The problem is that while the system powers up and POSTs fine, it refuses
to boot. It will not boot from the floppy, and it will not boot from the
DVD
(either of the DVD drives). The lights flash as if it is reading the media.
I can hear the protective cover being withdrawn on the floppy. But I still
get

DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER

The floppy boots on another machine. The DVD is Windows XP MCE, brand new.
Here are the BIOS settings:

The floppy shows up as Drive A, 1.44M
Floppy 3 mode support is disabled (I have tried it both ways)

HD Boot priority is the Samsung before bootable add-in cards (of which
there are none)

Boot 1: floppy
Boot 2: SATA CD ROM
Boot 3: hard disk

Boot up floppy seek is disabled (I have tried it both ways - it lights up,
and I hear the cover retract)
IDE Bus Master is disabled (I have tried it both ways)
SATA mode is IDE (I tried AHCI with no visible difference aside from extra
text)
JMB363 SATA controller is disabled (enabled only gives the amusing "no any
drive found" message)
The onboard FDC is enabled

I have tried the fail-safe BIOS defaults. I have tried the optimized
defaults. Neither work.

The floppy is for flashing the BIOS to 13. It will boot in another PC, but
not the new one.

The Windows install DVD does not work in either optical drive. I even tried
disconnecting one drive, but the only benefit is that it didn't try to get
booted (only one "Boot from CD:" message instead of two).

So I appeal to the community: what could I try? What might be wrong? I'm
helping a friend put this together, so I don't have a spare floppy to try
(I'll
do that next), but that would solve only one problem if it worked. Like all
the other posters, I'm at my wits' end. I need help.

Thanks in advance!

Steve


I am not so sure about booting from floppy. but i think it is not a good idea to boot from sata dvd drive. if you have a spare ide drive, try with it first.
May 27, 2007 7:53:23 AM

Try connecting only one boot source at a time - floppy only, disconnect all optical and hard drives. Try each optical drive one at a time. Make sure the device being tested is the first and only thing to appear in the boot priority list. Disable the FDC when you are not testing it.

Put the hard drive from another PC into this one, just to see if it will try to load an OS from that. Windows will BSOD at startup, but at least if you get that far you know it's booting from the HDD.

Try connecting your boot drive to the Jmicron controller. Since it is separate, it might not be affected by whatever problem you are having with the Intel controller.

Check your BIOS to see if the integrated NIC supports network booting, and be sure it isn't trying to do that.

You say the floppy is for flashing the BIOS. Have you already done that? Has this board ever booted successfully?
May 27, 2007 9:03:55 AM

You need to enable your SATA controller in the BIOS because you have a SATA hard drive. Set your boot drive to the SATA drive in the BIOS. When your system starts to recognize your system disk and asks if you need to install additional drivers hit the key they suggest. The driver is on your motherboard disk. If you follow the directions on the screen you should be able to get your system to recognize your drive and go on to install you system. I may be leaving something out. If you have access to another computer there is help on the web. I would Google it.
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