I need heaps o' help with building my new pc.

Ok, I got my barebones 2ghz box today in the mail, put in the ram, cdr drive, floppy drive, graphics card, and hard drive. I connected all the cables and whatnot, powered it up and then the fun started. I then went into the BIOS and had the CMOS auto detect my cdrom and hard drives. No sweat so far. I chose to have it boot from the cd drive, saved and exited then restarted. After the restart it spins the windows xp cd, looks for a floppy, checks the hard drive then tells me it can't find a boot record on any of them. Can someone tell me what I'm doing wrong. Could it have anything to do with the fact that I'm using a pirated copy of XP Pro (which does work because I'm using it on this very pc without incident)? Is there a way I can get it to skip looking for a boot record, go to a command prompt and run setup.exe from my cd (XP will partition my drive right?)? I downloaded a utility from Microsoft that lets me make XP boot discs but on the discs it makes disc 5(!) always has some sort of error that doesn't let me continue, and I've tried making the discs a few times with the same results. Can anyone help me out?
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  1. I may be missing the point here, but in the BIOS set the primary and secondary devices to AUTO so that when it starts up it recognizes the CD-ROM and make sure your boot sequence is set to CD-ROM then C and it should initalize the install procedure...

    Good Luck!
  2. Go to <A HREF="http://www.bootdisk.com " target="_new">http://www.bootdisk.com </A> if you want to just get a bootable DOS disk to get to a command prompt.

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