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Windows 7: New Computer Build, Optic drive help.

29 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
New Computer Build, Optic drive help.

I have tried looking this up but can not find anything for my situation. I am building a gaming computer for my husbands birthday and I have purchased everything new except for the optic drive. Which I plan on getting later. I am trying to install windows 7 but it seems like my computer is not recognizing the optic drive. When I turn it on it keeps asking me reboot and select proper boot drive or insert boot media in selected boot device and press any key. I have put in the disk and hit key and it just comes up with the same message again. When I go into Bios it shows the optic drive so I am sure it is plugged into the mobo and it opens and closes so it has power. So here I sit asking for help. Any suggestions.

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29 Aug 2012   #2

Windows 7 Pro

These are some things you can try.

Is this a optical drive that you have used before? Have you tried another optical drive? Does the drive show up in the Disk Manager? How do you have the boot order set in the bio (optical drive should be set #1)? Does it do this with every disk you insert?

First I would try unplugging and re-connection all wires for the drive. Try another optical drive if you one availible(even a CD drive might tell you if your drive is good).

There are so many things that could be causing this, even a bad controller on the mobo. It is really hard to say what the problem might be.

Good luck anyway
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29 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1

You have built a new PC, with a blank hard drive, and you're trying to install Windows 7 from the DVD. Is that correct?

Does the motherboard's BIOS show the boot order of devices? Does the optical drive appear on it?

I recommend setting it to boot from the optical drive. My preferred may of doing that is using the one-time boot device selection that is done at startup. For recent Asus motherboards, that is invoked using the F8 hotkey. The alternative is to change the boot order in the BIOS setup to boot from the optical drive first.

Would you care to share more technical specs with us? (particularly your motherboard type and model). That'd make it easier to offer meanigful advice.
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29 Aug 2012   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

Hi Just4yall and welcome to Windows 7 Forums

When you boot up your computer, I take it that you have the installation disk in your optical drive. Is it a CD or DVD drive? To read the installation disk, which is a DVD, the drive obviously needs to be capable of reading DVDs, which means that the older CD drives will not do so. Since you are thinking of replacing the drive at some point, I suggest that you replace it with a BluRay model, as these can read all current types of optical media.

Assuming that you do have a DVD drive, do you get the Press any key to boot from disk message (or similar)? As bobkn mentioned above, you need to ensure that the optical drive is before the HDD/SDD in the boot order (see the motherboard manual for details on how to change this within the BIOS).
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29 Aug 2012   #5

Windows 7 64 bit

Well silly me. Everything was right except for the using a WORKING drive part. Not sure what happened to it. I just burned 2 movies the other day and was working just fine. I took the advise and checked another disk. But I put it back in my other computer first and it kept asking me to insert disk. So I went and got a new optic drive (Blue Ray) and everything is working just fine now. Thanks everyone.
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30 Aug 2012   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

You're welcome.
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