Though i am still waiting on my hard drive, wireless card, monitor and media keyboard, i was anxious to see if everything was working. i put a 40GB IDE drive in, w/WXP SP3 on it. The system powered up, allowed me to go thru setup; the mobo is not reading the hard drive... it says "O IDE drives found' - but it shows it in setup. The PC keeps rebooting without going to the Windows logo screen. i want to replace this OS w/a 64bit version, but i can't boot completely! The last message said "this unit does not support the CPU"! i KNOW it does, it's listed in the book and on the ASUS Website (AM3)! My specs are below. How can i fix THAT??? i'm going to get a hard drive to install tomorrow (need to make haste) - in case that is the main issue of the constant rebooting. i'm sure i haven't done SOMEthing! But i have no idea what it is! Please help.
i figured that daggum hard drive was going to be a problem. now i remember why i didn't use it w/the Dell rebuild. the IDE drive came from an older micro ATX machine w/an AMD Athlon on it. So, the bios must've read from the old hard drive w/the old stuff? i'm still learning how things work together - new is best w/new. although i'm waiting on a WD 750GB Caviar Black 7200RPM SATA drive, i went to buy a WD Caviar Blue 250GB SATA drive today... hoping that will fix the problem. On boot, the system did not see the drive (only showed the CD and DVD R/W drives), but it showed up in set-up. i hope the hard drive is the only problem.
Although, i also got a message saying the CPU wasn't supported by this board!!!??? That can't be right! it fit - M3 socket - AMD Phenom II X2 - the board seems to be looking for the X4. Maybe i shouldn't have activated those Core boosts? i don't know what they are, but i thought it might help the system boot.
it kept resetting itself to boot over and over again; it lets me go into setup - but again, i had that bogus IDE drive on it. i have a fresh copy of XP 64bit i'm going to use on the new drive, so i can see all 8GBs of memory; the board and asus graphics card supports a 64bit OS. i'll just be happy if all goes well this time. Thanks.
NOW the Graphics cards aren't reading. i can't see a dang thing!!! Is there something i'm supposed to DO FIRST????? The book doesn't tell me anything!!! i am so freakin' aggravated right now!!! i HATE AMD stuff! dangit!!!! i KNEW i should've built an Intel PC. I need major help! i'm going to surf the Web, but i need help - PLEASE! is there ANYTHING i can do to see my monitor so i can set up my PC???
Ok, i fixed that issue, but: Now, with the ASUS DVD used to boot with - i'm stuck on FreeDOS asking if i want to make a RAID DISK (i don't) - it refers to a floppy drive that i don't have. the other option is FreeDOS. the system sees the C:/ drive, there's nothing there on the new drive - i've removed the old drive - i really don't want ANY reference to it now that the 1st SATA drive is in. How do i get the OS installed? it is on a disk in the CD-Rom drive.
Ok, here's the answer... FreeDOS was installed on the only HDD i made available to the system by the ASUS DVD. Did my research to find out it is a bonafide OS. Nevertheless, i still couldn't figure out why the win xp 64b disk wouldn't boot (i had both disks in two diff. drives -DVD- -CD-).
i went to the Microsoft Support site which said to put the win xp 64b disk in the BOOTABLE DVD or CD drive -surely it can't be that easy- it was! Only the DVD drive was bootable, the CD drive is dormant. i rebooted the system w/the disk in the DVD drive and SETUP began! :-D i am ecstatic!!!
Thanks MFRS for taking a stab at it... the old drive is about to go - Windows Genuine Advantage is ASKING for a reinstall or reactivation (i do still have the original OS disk -for all of my PCs-), but i will only use that one once more to copy all of the files from it.
Hope this post helps someone else having these problems. i'll be back if i have more.