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Old 07-04-2007, 11:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, yesterday i bought a custom pc from a local computer store. They installed everything but the OS because i had one at my house. So when i got home i plugged it in and tryed to install windows xp. The installation failed and gave me an error message about something to do with the drivers not being installed. So i realized that i needed to install the drivers before i install the OS, so i put in the drivers disk, and nothing happened after the boot screen telling me what hardware is currently installed. I just get a black screen with a flashing line at the top corner. I also tryed the OS disk again, but nothing will boot now, what should i do? Thanks

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The O/S should have given you the option during install to swap to the driver disc, install the drivers while still in the O/S install, then once done, swap back to the O/S disc to finish the install. Otherwise, I have no idea what to tell you, somtimes you have the option to install the drivers after the O/S install as well. You can't really install drivers for your hardware with no O/S to install to.

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Old 07-04-2007, 12:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Perhaps it's the sata drivers you need to load?
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Old 07-04-2007, 12:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I don't see how it can be the sata drivers, becuase it did boot up the first time i put the xp disk in. It didnt install XP, but it booted up on screen, and at least I knew it was working, but now i get nothing. I didn't get the SATA Drivers either. I recieved a samsung DVD Writer Disk, and ASUS motherboard drivers, and an Vista Drivers Upgrade disk. Btw my motherboard is the AsusP5NSLI, and i have to sata drives in raid.
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Old 07-04-2007, 06:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for your help guys, I finally figured it out .
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Old 07-05-2007, 11:34 AM   #6 (permalink)
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was the solution to press f6 during the install process and to put in the driver disk?

yeah most copies of windows xp dont have sata drivers . no sata drivers and windows wont see the harddrives properly

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