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How to boot up a computer Answered

I just changed the motherboard in my computer and i dont now how to boot it up whit out a floppy drive(cause i dont have one). Can anyone please help me!!!


Here is what he sent me in my message box (I told him to post it here too, but he did not ...) :

before i press F1 IT says:

Main processor:intel(r) celeron d cpu 3.46ghz(133x260)
memory testing:523 264k ok

IDE channel 0 master: IBM-dtla-307075 txaoa50c
IDE channel 0 slave: none
IDE channel 1 master: none
IDE channel 1 slave: pioneer dvd-rom atapimodel dvd-115 0127 e1.27

IDE channel 2 master: none
IDE channel 3 master: none

IDE channel 0 no 80 conductor cable installed
floppy disk(s) fail(40)

press F1 to continue, DEL to enter setup

So, my guess is that he uses an old 40 pins IDE cable instead of a newer and thiner 80 pins cable.

Also, I would recommend him to set his DVD-ROM drive as master instead of slave.

There are a lot of things you don't tell us. Specifically what you have and how you want the computer to boot. Do you have an existing OS on your hard drive? ( If so you may have to update the OS, depending on the differences between the new and old motherboard. ) Are you installing a new OS on the hard drive? In any case what OS are you planning to run. Presumably you are using another computer to connect to the internet. What is that computer like? What OS? Does it have a CD burner attached? Most CD burning software comes with the option of making a bootable CD. If all you want to know is how to configure the computer to boot from floppy, Cd or Hard Drive. You need to enter the Bios. The computer should make this obvious during boot ( It should say something like "Press ... to enter bios". In the bios there will be an option to change boot device. In fact this should all be in the mobos manual. BTW which mobo did you put in? Ok. How are you getting on the int

I alredy changed the fing so it would boot from a cd but i need a cd whit somekind of boot program on it lol

Oh, if you can get online, with your current computer, you should be able to burn a bootable CD with the instructions in the link in my last post. If not, we will have to look at another way to do this..

. I think chooseusername is right - you need to set the BIOS to boot from the HDD (I usually set mine to boot from CD first and then HDD). Instructions on how to do it should have come with the mobo or be available on the manufacturer's web site.

Do you mean configuring the BIOS ? Getting it to past system signon ?

It does sound like you have to assign "where you want it to boot from" in the bios.

my operating system is in my hard drive(that i did not remove) i just changed the motherboard.


10 years ago

i think he means he has not installed the operating system yet. Whereas i believe all he needs to do is put the cd-rom in and pop-in the disks. But i really dont know much about the innards of a computer anyway...

im gonna send you everyfing on mail

Post it here too. If I'm not available, someone else will and will help you during my sleep ;-)

If you could tell me what it says before telling you "press F1 to continue", that would help me to help =o)

Well, I'm sorry, it's late here ... I'm going to sleep now.

Good luck !

Is there an error message (or any other weird message) displayed somewhere before you have to press F1 ?

Unless the motherboard is of the same brand and exactly the same model right down to the same revision, you're going to have to re-install your OS as when the os for your old mobo was installed it would have installed motherboard specific drivers and whatnot, as far as I know it's either not possible or not worth it to make the OS run on a different motherboard than it was installed on. You're going to have to get your windows disk (if there isn't a floppy drive I assume it came with xp preloaded?) and pop it in your cd drive and reinstall your system. If you need files that were on the hd, shitty luck, you're gonna have to swap the mobo back out again to get them backed up unless you have another machine to put the hard drive in.

My hard drive is the same one i just changed the power suply and the mother board

That's going to be difficult for me to explain you everything ... but let's try :

Usually, before the "boot from floppy" screen, it should show a screen about the BIOS.
Maybe something like that :

On this screen, you should be able to see if your HardDisk and your CDROM drives are detected by the BIOS.

Are they detected ?

well I have to admit im kinda noob in computers but the problem is that when I turn it on its black whit the little whit ritting and I press F1 to continue but it just says boot from floppy.

Do you have connected your hard-drive to this new motherboard ? Is this a new (empty) hard-drive ?

You could boot from a CD-ROM, from network, from an USB device, or from HardDrive ... What do you want to do exactly ? (and what do you mean exactly by "boot it up" ?)