Hi guys. Here is my problem.
Athlon Thunderbird 1400
Micro ATX VA mainboard (MS-6340M ver 3.0b, Via KM133A chipset)
256mb PC133 ram
GEForce 2 MX400
2 x 20 gig H/D
SONY CDR Burner
Iwant to install XP and my computer won't boot from the CD.
My old computer (PIII 600) has Win98SE installed. I can format the C: drive, select CD-ROM for the 1st boot device, put the CD in either drive, turn it on and it installs Win98 straight off the CD.......no boot disk required. This one won't do it and I want to know why. When I get that sorted out then I will deal with XP. My guess is when I can get this comp to install Win98 direct from the CD with no boot disk, then XP will go straight on too.
Maybe I'm just dumb but I figure if a 5 year old computer will do a fresh install straight from the CD, then an 18 month old computer should do it too........especially as the current OS is designed to load straight from the CD. Even when I start the install from Windows, once it has collected all the necessary info from my computer,then it boots into DOS to do the install and crashes because it won't read from the CD. Then when I start the comp it stops at a choice between starting with Win 98 or XP except XP is not loaded so I have to select Win 98.
AllI want for a start is for me to be able to select the CD as 1st boot device (I can select it but it won't recognise it) and install Win 98 from the CD. My old one did it so this one should be able to do it. Once I have it so it will do it with Win 98, then I will tackle the XP problem. My old comp didn't have a floppy drive for about 12 months and I could still do a format/reinstall and I want that ability even if I don't have XP.