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Desperately need help! Boot error!

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May 13, 2008 6:44:41 AM

Hey everyone, I would be extremely grateful if someone could help me diagnose my problem!

I recently put together a new system with the following parts

-XFX Extreme Gamer Motherboards 33P-N680-ILT SLi Intel Socket 775
-Western Digital 320G SATAII 7200 rpm HDD Surveillance (16Mb Cache)
-Thermaltake Tough Power 750W Modular PSU
-Albatron GeForce 9600GT 512M DDR3 HDTV Dual DVI TV Out DirectX10
-Corsair TWIN2X4096-8500C5DF 4GB (2x XMS2 2GB) PC-8500 (1066MHz) DDR2 5
-Intel CORE2QUAD Q9300/2.50GHz/6MB/1333FSB/LGA775/QUAD CORE
-my old sony dvd-rom drive.

The issue is that when i turn on the computer it starts up with the motherboard logo etc and then when i press F1 to "continue" it says:


The boot device priority list has everything disabled except the CDROM drive and I have tried booting with Solaris, Linux and Windows XP professional (all of which returned this error). I have also tried a total of three different CD-ROM drives to no avail. When i contacted the tech-support from the place i purchased the parts they said WTFZZ? I am hoping you guys can help me out!!!!!

Any ideas? (I can only think that the motherboard is faulty).

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May 13, 2008 8:45:44 AM

Disconnect and reconnect Data and Power cables of CD Rom (both sides on Mobo and Drive)
May 13, 2008 10:25:08 AM

Same error exists after trying that kad, thank you for your suggestion.
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May 13, 2008 10:25:19 AM

is the CD rom / HDD being detected? if so they should show up on the bios main page.
May 13, 2008 10:31:32 AM

Alternatively, check the cd's to make sure they are bootable.

Why don't you set the first boot device to CD rom and second to HDD to see what happens.
May 13, 2008 12:50:26 PM

Hey deadcells,

Yes, both the HDD and CDROM drives are being detected. I tried what you suggested but it still doesnt work :( . Thanks for your assistance
May 13, 2008 12:59:37 PM

"my old sony dvd-rom drive" might be headed to the dumpster, try anouther DVD-ROM drive, you probably got to upgrade the firmware in that Sony oldie
May 13, 2008 1:04:35 PM

I know you have the boot device priority set to cd rom but do you have the hard drive boot priority set to the correct drive> That is if you have more than one hard drive installed. If they are booting in reverse you will get that same message.

Its usually that or a loose data or power cable or it could be a bad cd rom. If you can get your hands on another drive to install windows with if the other two suggestions dont fix.

That should do it.
May 13, 2008 1:52:12 PM

I believe the OP has tried 3 different CD-rom drives. It would seam odd to me but perhaps the bios needs you to tell it to boot from an IDE CD-ROM drive and not a SATA drive. Just a guess but see if it helps.
May 13, 2008 2:19:27 PM

Still not working.

Does it make sense that the CDROM is broken / too old considering I used it to install the motherboard/chipset software?
May 13, 2008 2:31:25 PM

Are you using an IDE wire with 40 or 80 wires?
Jumper on master or cable select?
End or ribbon cable?
Like englandr75 3 said maybe cable is bad or IDE channel failed.
Check that all pins are there on the motherboard and CD-Rom.
May 13, 2008 2:32:28 PM

How did you install the mobo/chpset drivers without an os?
May 13, 2008 2:50:03 PM

The questions about the cable are great (and really important) I can't believe it took so long for someone to ask it (I didn't and feel a bit silly for it).

Definately check the cable and pins.

By end or ribbon I belive evongugg meant: Is the CD-ROM at the end of the cable or on the middle connector.

The jumper is very important as well, if your CD drive is not sharing the cable with another drive the jumper should be set to Master and the drive should be connected to the end of the cabel. The pink wire on the ribbon cabel should be on the same side as the power connection.
May 14, 2008 12:21:43 AM

The cable is 40 pin (IDE-ATA 133 HDD Cable)
DVDROM is set to Master (only drive)
There is a cable going from the power supply straight to the cdrom (just a 2 way connector).
There is no pink cable on the ide cable (so i got nfi)

i checked the cables and they seem to be plugged in correctly (IDE to the CDROM and to the Motherboard).
May 14, 2008 12:32:46 AM

If it helps at all the dvdrom is the SONY DDU1611
May 14, 2008 12:56:05 AM

my mate just picked it up and is going to do a 100 point test. Hopefully thatll solve the problem, any further advice is much appreciated tho!