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December 22, 2011 5:05:17 AM

Hello, I recently put together a new computer and it is not working :( . I used my old hard drive cd/dvd drive and sound card from my previous computer. I got an amd phenom II x4 970, gskill sniper 2x4gb ddr3 1333 mhz, zotac gta 450 amp edition, asus M4A88T-M motherboard, diablotek phd 450 psu. When I try to start up the computer it goes through the motherboards screen where it shows to go to the bios and stuff for a few seconds and then it says windows error recovery. Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause blah blah blah then it let's me choose between launch startup repair and start windows normally. If I start windows then it says starting windows then shows a blue screen for half a second then restarts. If I do the repair then it just asks me to do a system restore but it just says attempting repairs and doesn't do anything else. I then booted the dvd that came with the motherboard and it says loading data then a bunch of dots comes across the screen then it shows me a "welcome to asus motherboard make disk for dos menu rev.1.0" then I have option a) make and xp/xp64bit Ancient/raid driver disk and b) creeks command prompt when I choose a it asks me for a floppy which I don't have and am not capable of using. I have windows 7 home 64 bit. Thank you for reading this and helping me!
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December 22, 2011 5:20:17 AM

raulito28 said:
Hello, I recently put together a new computer and it is not working :( . I used my old hard drive cd/dvd drive and sound card from my previous computer. I got an amd phenom II x4 970, gskill sniper 2x4gb ddr3 1333 mhz, zotac gta 450 amp edition, asus M4A88T-M motherboard, diablotek phd 450 psu. When I try to start up the computer it goes through the motherboards screen where it shows to go to the bios and stuff for a few seconds and then it says windows error recovery. Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause blah blah blah then it let's me choose between launch startup repair and start windows normally. If I start windows then it says starting windows then shows a blue screen for half a second then restarts. If I do the repair then it just asks me to do a system restore but it just says attempting repairs and doesn't do anything else. I then booted the dvd that came with the motherboard and it says loading data then a bunch of dots comes across the screen then it shows me a "welcome to asus motherboard make disk for dos menu rev.1.0" then I have option a) make and xp/xp64bit Ancient/raid driver disk and b) creeks command prompt when I choose a it asks me for a floppy which I don't have and am not capable of using. I have windows 7 home 64 bit. Thank you for reading this and helping me!


try a bios update
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December 22, 2011 5:40:54 AM

Did you reinstall windows or you just took out the old hard drive and used it?
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December 22, 2011 6:16:07 AM

How would I update the bios? I just took out the hard drive and then plugged it into my new mono.
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December 22, 2011 6:26:19 AM

Your old ard Drive has instructions which tell Windows what to do with your old hardware and you are surprised that windows doesn't know what to do when it's told to use old hardware that no longer exists in the system and it can't find ?

You have to wipe the HD, at leats the boot partition clean and reinstall Windows so that drivers for your old hardware disappear and drivers for new hardware get installed.
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December 22, 2011 6:36:05 AM

The OS is motherboard specific. New motherboard = new OS.

Put the hard drive back in the old computer so you can boot to it and get information like your CD key off of it, you will need it if you want to reinstall windows on that drive on the new computer.
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December 22, 2011 11:23:14 AM

raulito28 said:
Hello, I recently put together a new computer and it is not working :( . I used my old hard drive cd/dvd drive and sound card from my previous computer. I got an amd phenom II x4 970, gskill sniper 2x4gb ddr3 1333 mhz, zotac gta 450 amp edition, asus M4A88T-M motherboard, diablotek phd 450 psu. When I try to start up the computer it goes through the motherboards screen where it shows to go to the bios and stuff for a few seconds and then it says windows error recovery. Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause blah blah blah then it let's me choose between launch startup repair and start windows normally. If I start windows then it says starting windows then shows a blue screen for half a second then restarts. If I do the repair then it just asks me to do a system restore but it just says attempting repairs and doesn't do anything else. I then booted the dvd that came with the motherboard and it says loading data then a bunch of dots comes across the screen then it shows me a "welcome to asus motherboard make disk for dos menu rev.1.0" then I have option a) make and xp/xp64bit Ancient/raid driver disk and b) creeks command prompt when I choose a it asks me for a floppy which I don't have and am not capable of using. I have windows 7 home 64 bit. Thank you for reading this and helping me!

U need to perform clean install. Save your data first, if u don't know how, ask here.

U cannot just swap HDD from 1 PC and put it to another one. In some cases it will work fine, if CPU is similar and it has fairly new OS, not a decade old XP.

It worked when I tried SSD with W7 from C2D E6750 to 2600K, from Gigabyte to Asus mobo and everything was working fine. No errors.

I don't see any reason why not install new and forget about this, ehm, episode, and learn from it: )

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December 22, 2011 2:21:14 PM

Wow, thanks everyone! I'm new to the whole computer building thing :p . One more question, isn't raid when you have two hard drives at the same time? Could you guys tell me if my motherboard supports raid, and if so can I just install the second hard drive and make it boot first and then install windows and have them both work? Thanks :)  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 22, 2011 2:44:10 PM

I bumped into this issue and it was the freaking DVD-Rom drive. I had the whole computer apart before testing it. You may want to to put in another drive just too see.
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December 22, 2011 5:07:26 PM

Well I don't have another drive so if I can't fix it then I'll try that. I downloaded windows 7 home 64 bit since I don't have a disk, I was going to use the product key from my old computer. But when I put in the dvd that I burned it doesn't do anything and tries to load windows. What should I do?
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December 22, 2011 7:59:48 PM

Just reinstall windows, it will ask you for the CD key during the process.

Also, RAID has a number of different meanings in the hard drive world.

Any hard drive setup can be described with a RAID number. Indeed there is even a number assigned for "No Raid" as in you have a RAID type even if you aren't using RAID at all.

There are a lot of different types of RAID setups.

Some take two different hard drives, say 500 gb each, and make the computer think they are a single 1 TB hard drive. Others take 2 500 GB hard drives and write everything on the second one that it writes on the first one, so if one breaks you already have a second perfectly working copy installed in the system, you can just remove the broken one and continue on without problems after stopping the RAID or putting in a new 500 GB drive in place of the old.

Then there is the whole thing about SATA drives using RAID Controllers to enable things like AHCI and stuff. Even if you have a "no raid" setup, your BIOS will allow you to use features of RAID automatically.

It is all quite difficult to sort out if you want to learn the ins and outs of everything.

However, most people don't need to. For most people it is pretty seamless. They just plug stuff in and it works in a "no raid" setup automatically.

A long time ago, in OSs like Windows 98, you had to separately install RAID software to get the BIOS to recognize the hard drives during the OS install process, but now all BIOSs come with raid controllers built into the motherboard so new OSs don't require this step anymore that I ever heard of.

Even if you were trying to install Windows 98 today, the Raid controller would be auto detected by the bios and you wouldn't have to install it during the OS install.

In any event, my best advice to you is just to ignore it unless it becomes a serious problem. Just pretend like RAID doesn't exist until you have a problem with it, then you can come back in here at that time and we will help you sort out whatever it is.

- Edit - If you are having trouble getting your computer to boot from the CD, try hitting F8 or whatever key lets you go into the BIOS when you turn the computer on and looking for a setting called BOOT ORDER and ensure that the CD drive is in slot 1.
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December 23, 2011 3:23:00 AM

Best answer selected by raulito28.
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December 23, 2011 3:23:32 AM

Thanks everyone, I bought a new hard drive, installed windows and I am now writing this on my new computer :) 
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