My friend is building a new computer, but after it boots(with the windows xp sp2 pro cd in the drive of course) it says "Press any key to boot from cd" and if you press any key, it says "error loading operating system" then promptly freezes.
Abit an9 nforce 590 AM2
AMD Athlon 64x2 4600+ windsor
Seagate 320gb Sata/3gbs
Hitachi 80gb sata/3gbs
Corsair xms2 2x1gb ddr2 800
EVGA 512-p2-n637-ar Geforce 7950gt 512mb
The first time we started her up, it loaded fine but during the install a mistake was made, so we had to restart the whole thing. After which it wouldn't load. I believe we had gotten to the partitioning of the drives but we didn't format them. We've tried disconnecting both hard drives, tried using different PATA/SATA plugins for the dvd-rom and hard drives, and nothing worked. We did start to get a new error "Disk boot failure, insert disk and press enter".
So I made sure the dvd drive was highest in the boot priority list. In the BIOS it only has cdrom and some weird device name(ls120/240). Both were set higher than the hard drive in the priority list, and we even tried removing the hard drive entirely but no change. I'm kind of stumped. We've used two separate XP discs. Next chance I get to go over to his house(he lives a fair distance away from me) I'm going to try knoppix, and whatever kind of random OS I find on my hard drive.