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Windows 7: Unable to install Windows

23 Dec 2009   #1
Barraind

Windows XP
 
 
Unable to install Windows

I bought a new mobo and processor, and am currently having problems installing windows 7 (or xo or vista).

When attempting to install from CD, I keep getting the error "Insert boot media in selected boot device", with either XP, 98 SE, or Windows 7 in the DvD drive. My computer is recognizing my drive as the primary IDE master, with my secondary HD as primary slave, and my primary HD as a SATA device.

I have attempted to change drive recognition from IDE to ACHI, but no change.

I can always go back to my old mobo/processor and try to fresh install from there, switch to the new mobo and hope it works doing it that way, but that doesnt sound like it would (and the only reason I bought 7 was because I had to reinstall windows with the new mobo anyway).

Any help would be appreciated.


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23 Dec 2009   #2
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Do you have the bios set to boot to CD/DVD first?

Where did you get the Win 7 DVD?
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23 Dec 2009   #3
Orpheous

XP Pro/Vista Ultimate (64)/Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition(64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
Do you have the bios set to boot to CD/DVD first?

Where did you get the Win 7 DVD?
Good call...
This often occurs as the result of either a bad burn, or a corrupted dowload.
If you burnt the disc yourself, try again at a slower speed on a good quality blank media. Make sure you finalise the disc also.
If that doesn't work and you downloaded it, you may have to download it again unfortunately.
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23 Dec 2009   #4
Barraind

Windows XP
 
 

Bought it at best buy a couple hours ago.

its set to ONLY read from the dvd drive right now, when set to anything else, it strings through an endless loop of attempting to start windows, failing, informing me, repeat.
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23 Dec 2009   #5
Orpheous

XP Pro/Vista Ultimate (64)/Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition(64)
 
 

Do you have access to another DVD drive that you can test it with?
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23 Dec 2009   #6
Barraind

Windows XP
 
 

Just a cd drive, but i should be able to to xp on it, and 7 once everythings set if I need to. Assuming it works!
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23 Dec 2009   #7
Barraind

Windows XP
 
 

Installed an old cd driver and tried to load XP, apparently my SATA hd is corrupted, trying the old one, and hoping i dont have to shell out more cash for another HD.
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23 Dec 2009   #8
Orpheous

XP Pro/Vista Ultimate (64)/Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition(64)
 
 

If it's just the information on the drive that's corrupted, you won't need to replace the HD, just the OS.
I'm pretty sure that the Windows 7 install disc is a DVD(?), which won't be readable in a CD drive.
Also, it might pay to check all of your connections ie. SATA/IDE & power cables, remove and re-insert both ends. For SATA drives, make sure the drive is connected to a standard SATA connector on the motherboard, ot some proprietary type like G-SATA etc.
For older IDE drives, make sure that you have the jumpers on the back of the drive set to either master or slave, some motherboards don't like cable select with older drives. With IDE cables, the master drive is the furthest connector from the motherboard connector and slave is the one in the middle.
Primary IDE hard drives should always be set to master.
If you don't have any luck with all of that, try replacing your data cables (SATA or IDE)
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23 Dec 2009   #9
IggyAZ

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)
 
 

Barraind
You never said in your original message if you had a Windows 7 Upgrade or a Full Version disk.
It sounds like it may be an upgrade because it's asking for a previous Windows version.
Please clarify
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23 Dec 2009   #10
Barraind

Windows XP
 
 

Its a full version. Windows 7 wont load off my DVD drive though, so I had to bust out a cd drive to install XP, then 7 once I am able to get something to recognize the DVD on the drive.


After I got the corrupted HD message, the computer wont recognize the other HD through SATA.

XP is installing fine, after which, I hope I can get 7 to work on the drive, and use the 320 as storage with my external. I dont keep too much on the internal HD's, so its not a huge deal, as long as everything sets up correctly.
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