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Happy New Year to all. 1st time setting up a computer have always owned Dells ready to go out of the box. Went to Frys Electronics the other day and bought a system for my son and I to build. Told by the sales people if I could build a 69 Camaro I could build a system. Into my 2nd day and I am begining to doubt it. Hope this is where you fine people can help.

 

Sytem will boot - cd drives light up and read. Monitor, keboard, mouse work. The SATA 60GB Maxtor drive light never come on. However the BIOS does detect it. Windows starts to load but hangs on window set up blue screen after loading drivers (?) in the white space below.

 

My DFI cd that came with the mother board is not reconized by any computer I own. Have Broadband internet so maybe someone can send drivers or a copy of that cd. We did not buy a floppy drive will we need to add one?

 

Thanks in advance and help!!!!!!

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DFI-DOWNLOAD...sytem drivers

 

Couple of things to note since you did not build a 69 Camaro without a good deal of either study and knowledge and manuals or such. Read, read and then read some more. About 70% of what you will read is opinion unless you stay away from the 'glitzy' sites. There is not a huge amount of opinion in here unless you are asking about what to buy? Then you will have to sort thru to the trusted user to see what is what there.

 

Google search and search of this forum is your friend. Probably more already written down than any of us can remember. Something unearthed by one's 'own' looking and study is seldom forgotten. Easy gain = easy gone.

Pics of bios screens and settings Easier to see and follow.

 

Forum stickys at tops of sections are usually invested with helpful tips and sometimes cautions.

 

Sata must be turned on in Genie Bios. Boot order of hard drives themselves must be set. Then the "booting" order of the many drives themselves must be set.

 

Finally I foolishly said that I could setup a single SATA drive without problem. It was a 'foolish' statement in the end. I had to resort to WinXP with SP2 slipstreamed into/onto the install CD to accomplish this. Have not torn back down and redone the whole procedure to see if 'now' I could install plain WinXP or WinXP with only SP1a inside the installing files. In this respect I HAVE TO believe many have a single SATA hard drive with WinXP installed that did not use sllipstreamed or pre-installed SP2> but I am relating my results. Sometimes blind alleys appear and lead no where. You do enough of these things and you realize that often it does not go as planned and thinking while standing up is the only way to move forward. Take another course is what is my tactic often.

 

Just a few ideas to get your feet wet and broaden your horizons. It is not what is wrong that must be ever concentrated on but what is to be done to fix it. Oh yes, recognizing the 'wrong' is necessary but a move to fixed is what is most highlighted in my mind.

 

 

RGone...

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Don't know what optimized defaults are. The BIOS is as it came from the factory. How do I load them? Thanks

 

press delete as it boots. Set optimized and try again.

 

We did not buy a floppy drive will we need to add one

 

The only wat to install XP is if you have a floppy and press f6 (do you want to install 3rd party drivers) and install them. This is if you are using sata hdd, (there is a way around this but you have 2 posts and asked a basic q so i gave a basic answer).:)

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Note in red from DFI downloads.

 

Revision 5.03

Driver RAID Utility

OS Window XP

File R-NF3-XP.exe

Size 660,206 bytes

Date 2004/09/03

Description Utility Image for nVidia and Marvell SATA RAID for NF3 board under Windows XP.

Remarks:

1. Installation at booting stage is required if you intend to boot from SATA RAID. Please check user's manual for installation.

2. This image is not required if you just take SATA HDDs as non-RAID devices.

3. If you need SATA RAID but don’t take SATA RAID as booting device, please install RAID driver from driver CD under Windows operating system. This utility is not required.

 

If the image is not required for the loading of single sata drives then neither are the two driver files in the image needed.

 

RGone...

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