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New MoBo, not able to format

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July 9, 2010 5:45:41 AM

Hi all,

I am having trouble with a replacement MoBo. I currently have a MSI 865PE Neo2-P MS-6728 V.2. This MoBo is the exact one that I used to have but the old one needed replacing(video stopped working.) I have 2X1G and 2X512K sticks of Kingston Ram. 2 WD HDDs connected through the SATA ports. I also have 2 DVD writers connected through a ribbon cable to the IDE1 port. I also have a 6 month old 650W Corsair PS so I know there is no problem there.

When I received the replacement MoBo I installed it exactly the way the old one was set up. It isn't brand new since I bought the original in 2004. It is from a reputable seller on eBay and was tested to be working before it was shipped. I did have to reset the BIOS because it was PW protected and the PW didn't come with the MoBo.

It booted up fine when I got it set up but the OS it loaded to was one that I hadn't used in over a year. I guess it reverted to a previous restore point and erased all the ones in front of it. There is no sound and the ethernet drivers appear to not be installed. I tried to install the sound and network drivers from the cd that came with the original board but it wasn't an option(it was greyed out.)

I have been trying for 2 days to format the hard drive with the XP install disc. I set up the BIOS correctly so that the DVD drives boot first. I have tried the install cd in both drives during boot up and it always ends with the messages:

Searching for boot record from cd/dvd - Not Found

I have already contacted the store that sold me the MoBo for technical assistance. I am still waiting to hear back.

What should I try next?

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July 9, 2010 8:51:35 AM

Have you got an old IDE hard drive you can try to format with? I have an old DFI LanParty board that refuses DVD booting, but allows CD, and also refuses to format SATA HDDs during windows installs but allows IDE. I updated the bios and it started working perfectly, maybe that will work for you.
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July 16, 2010 12:27:00 AM

I do have another hard drive but what good would that do if I can't get the install/format cd to work on bootup?
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September 1, 2010 3:27:38 PM

i865PE? That is way too old man.......
Try to flash the mainboard BIOS to the latest one, and try to see where it works, from my experience, connect 2 IDE devices normally will have this issue sometime....
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