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BIOS Help (urgent*)

 
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terryw



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 8:13 pm    Post subject: BIOS Help (urgent*) Reply with quote

So i build my own PC (shall never do it again). I started on Monday and finished the build Wednesday.
I got into BIOS, and set the primary boot device to CD/DVD drive. But when i insert Vista (legal copy) it doesn't boot.
I have had this for 2 days now and its really getting to me.
I have read the manual, but don't understand most of it.

Oh and i have not changed ANY BIOS settings at all.
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pokefan_frank



Joined: 13 Sep 2008
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Location: South America

PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are your built PC's stats the same as in this topic? Are you sure Vista is compatible with all that?

Have you checked if the BIOS file needs something so that it can recognize the CD/DVD drive? (obvioulsy a driver is not an option since you don't have an operating system yet)

Does the box to your Windows Vista CD/DVD say it's bootable? (Don't know if this last part helps, since usually "bootable" means that if the computer already has Windws and fails to start, it can start by the CD/DVD)
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 4:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should try booting the Vista disk from another PC, just to make sure that it does boot.

You mention that you have not changed any BIOS settings, but you have set the first boot device to CD/DVD - this is a BIOS setting! Go back in to the BIOS, load defaults, then set the first boot device as CD/DVD. Now try again.

If it's not working check that the BIOS recognises the drive, if it can't see it, it can't use it. Most PCs on the first page of POST will report the connected drives.

If you are still not getting anywhere check the connections, it could be the drive has no power, or a dodgy data connection. If still not working try a different drive.
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