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November 22, 2011 11:57:18 PM

I recently purchased a custom built computer without an operating system installed in it. The company said it has been checked to make sure everything works properly but when i put my windows 7 disk in, there is no response. Can someone please please help....?
P.S im a massive n00b. Please show me love hahah.
a b $ Windows 7
November 23, 2011 12:16:09 AM

You probably need to make the DVD drive the primary boot device. Call the company back and ask them how to change the Boot Order in BIOS.

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November 23, 2011 12:17:02 AM

You probably have to set the computers bios to boot off of a DVD. By default it might be set to boot off the harddrive. If the hard drive is blank you typically get a blinking cursor.

When you turn the computer on it should run a short power on self test (POST) while it is posting there will be an option to hit a key for the boot menu. The key is different depending on the computer. In my case it is F8. You should then get a menu asking you what device to boot from. Pick DVD in the list and your install should start.
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November 23, 2011 1:54:46 AM

Ok so i set it so the DVD is the priority to boot from but it is still sitting on that black screen just after the POST. Is that what i was meant to do?
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a b $ Windows 7
November 23, 2011 11:55:50 AM

No. It's supposed to start reading the DVD and install Windows 7. Is that a Retail or OEM DVD or a legally burned copy of the OS? Where did you get the OS DVD?

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November 23, 2011 11:14:39 PM

Also, the builder may have mucked up teh BIOS. Download a bootable USB diagnostic (liek the one on the corsair site) and see if that will boot.

Go into bios, reset to defaults, save.

Did the builder overclock or do any custom setup ?

Does the PC show the BIOS splash panel? Any error messages. Go into BIOS and turn on enhanced diagnostics so you see more error messages.

Go into BIOS and make sure the DVD drive is DETECTED.

And if you are running a pirate version of windows just buy a copy.
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