Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker
You do not need to boot Ultimate boot CD as it boots itself. What happens when you reboot when you plug it in? How about without the HD?
I previously set bios to defaults which made no difference.. Problem is/was at bootup, even by going into the bios settings, the left and right keys don't function, so being able to see and preview the set boot order was not an option.
I actually tested the USB stick and without the hdd in, it was loading fine.
Actually found a workaround which may well work for some people
I let the USB stick boot and then re-inserted the hdd, which was recognised. I loaded up the partition manager program and it was reading my 250gb hdd as ntfs for some reason, so I formatted drive to fat32, then rebooted. Got the message "no bootable media present, please insert media", and then put the other Windows install USB stick in and it's currently installing right now.
Weird thing is, it actually read the drive as ntfs, even though i'd formatted to fat32, with partition manager, so I re-formatted to fat32.
Sorry I'm not sure what you mean gregrocker as to where to put my system specs? I'm using my iPod to read and type messages so maybe cannot see it on here.