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New Built Pc Wont Boot Windows 7

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July 23, 2012 9:35:24 PM

Over the weekend i got all the parts together and set out to build my pc.
here's what i got:

processor: AMD phantom II x4 965 Black Edition 3.4 GHZ
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

MotherBoard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 socket am3+ 970 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Video Card: HIS H777F1G2M iCooler Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

RAM: Samsung 8GB DDR3-1333 (PC3-10600) CL9 UDIMM Dual Channel
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

PSU: CoolerMaster 600W
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Hard Drive: a whatever 500gb hard drive SATA

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate

Case: I forget which one i got but it was around 70$ at best buy

(Everything kicks on when i start it, all the fans get power same with the CD drive and hard drive)

Here's my problem: Whenever i boot the computer i can get to the BIOS menu and choose the CD drive over the hard drive in the boot menu. However it will not install my windows cd, i tried putting it on a USB drive but that won't show up on my BIOS and the light on the USB won't come on. I've tried finding articles on this but none seem to be quite my problem. Thanks for the help.
July 23, 2012 10:05:19 PM

khevynlara said:

Here's my problem: Whenever i boot the computer i can get to the BIOS menu and choose the CD drive over the hard drive in the boot menu. However it will not install my windows cd, i tried putting it on a USB drive but that won't show up on my BIOS and the light on the USB won't come on. I've tried finding articles on this but none seem to be quite my problem. Thanks for the help.


Ummm dont set it to boot to CD-ROM, if you toggle through the selections, the actual name of your SATA CD device is there some where, [CD-ROM] is referring to and IDE device which you do not have....

If this does not help, something else could be the sata ports arnt enabled, like if you have the SATA CD-Rom on SATA 5/6 some boards have them disabled by default and you DEFINITELY need to enable AHCI for the SATA type option and not have it set to RAID or IDE
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July 23, 2012 10:08:02 PM

you sure that DVD/CD drive you have isnt faulty?

you can test this by unplugging your hdd and booting

also try using the boot menu and seeing if the dvd/cd drive shows up there
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July 23, 2012 10:26:13 PM

@Madbiker: Sorry thats what i meant, i find the corresponding name in the BIOS not just "CD DRIVE"

I'll try setting to every other SATA port on the motherboard, but im not sure how to enable AHCI.

@apache_lives: that could be an option i did use a cd drive from a previous computer. However, the cd drive does come up in the boot menu along with the hard drive.
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July 23, 2012 11:23:14 PM

I know this is going to sound like a foolish question,..but it should narrow down your list of possible issues.

Is the drive a CDROM drive or a DVDROM drive? I only ask because the Windows7 Install Media is DVD and you have referred to the drive repeatedly as a CDROM
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July 24, 2012 3:15:40 AM

quick update on my problem.. I decided to try my vista cd and i could get the boot process started however when i get to the menu where you choose language, time and currency format as well as keyboard or input method my mouse and keyboard stop working, any thoughts?
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July 24, 2012 3:35:46 AM

the optical drive is not set to SATA in the BIOS
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July 24, 2012 4:17:55 AM

@Madbiker ah unfortunately that didn't work. still unable to use my keyboard at that screen.
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July 24, 2012 4:31:29 PM

is the the newer GUI bios screen? I've had issues with keyboards and mice working, had to dust off some old junk hardware to get through the newer bios's on some boards
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