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    Default EX38-DS4 wont even let me install XP!

    So i just built a new system, its made up of; 9800GTX, E8400, 4G RAM, Pioneer DVD writer and a 250G Sata HDD.

    I turn it on and i think it successfully goes through its POST. I try inserting an XP cd and it reads it, but it just hangs there. Nothing for 10 minutes.
    I've tried going to the boot menu by pushing F12, and deselecting Hard Disc to CD/DVD. This time it says 'boot from CD/DVD'. Again, i insert the disc and it hangs there. Nothing.

    I've tried going through one of the advanced CMOS menus and changed the 3 priority boot drives to CD/DVD, Hard Disc and Floppy disc. Again it the disc reads, but it just hangs there.

    Whats the problem here?

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    Default Re: EX38-DS4 wont even let me install XP!

    Do you have your disks set up properly in the BIOS?

    SATA Raid Mode >>> Disabled

    SATA Port XXX Native mode >>> Enabled

    If so, I would try the install with only 1gb of ram.

    Also, depending on your disk (Is it Brand new?) you may need to use the manufacturers disk tools to setup the disk for first time use. Some ya do, some ya dont

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    Default Re: EX38-DS4 wont even let me install XP!

    SATA RAID mode is disabled
    SATA port XXX native mode is enabled.

    I dont have 1 GB of RAM only 2X4. So will i need to install XP with just the 2GB?
    The disc that came with the mobo is just some xpress back up tool thing.

    Does it have anything to do with slave or master settings?

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    Default Re: EX38-DS4 wont even let me install XP!

    Well I meant one stick in slot one, sorry it is 5AM here.

    Yeah, just try one stick and see if that helps

    I meant your Hard disk, for the manufacturer tools. Go to the site and download the setup tools, if it is WD you want Data lifeguard Tools for DOS, CD OR FLOPPY. Not the diagnostics tools one either >>>
    WD Support > Downloads > SATA Hard Drives > WD Caviar SE / SE16 (SATA II)

    If it is seagate you want diskwizard
    Seagate Technology - DiscWizard

    And no, there is no master or slave settings in SATA. If you hard drive shipped with a Jumper on it (Some do, some do not) remove it as it is there ONLY to slow the speed to 1.5GB/s or SATA I

    I hope this helps you, if not I will have to help you further later on as I am getting offline until later

    Good luck, and I will see you later on, hopefully with a XP install done

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    Default Re: EX38-DS4 wont even let me install XP!

    I've tried all of that and it still wont work...ARGH.

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    Default Re: EX38-DS4 wont even let me install XP!

    Your XP setup disc might be damaged, try another setup cd.

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    Default Re: EX38-DS4 wont even let me install XP!

    And I would also suggest you get another system if you can to be SURE that disk is not DOA, often happens.

    And while you have it in the other system you could install DataLifeguard for windows and set the disk up for first use while you are in windows just to be sure it is ready.

    By the way, how did the DOS version work out? I mean did it let you set up the disk and all looked good?

    Hey, if it has a jumper on it, remove it

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    Default Re: EX38-DS4 wont even let me install XP!

    Hey guys it worked. Turns out the disc was FUBAR. Thanks for all the responses

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    Default Re: EX38-DS4 wont even let me install XP!

    The disc that i tried installing in was faulty. Got a new one and it worked fine.
    hope that clears things up.

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