I am sorry to torment you all so soon but I am now working on my nephew’s computer which was what I was supposed to be doing all along. Didn’t quite work that way.
Josh’s computer is 4 years old running Windows XP (usually) and began getting caught up in an activation loop that is documented at Microsoft. Unable to fix so decided to wipe the hard drive and reinstall OS. He was having a problem with the second hard drive also; a friend installed it. Unfortunately, it was Sata and Josh’s motherboard doesn’t support it. That part was pretty easy!
I’ve changed the boot sequence to boot from the CD Drive and one time tonight it worked until the computer could not locate the hard drive. I installed the hard drive on a seperate IDE cable both as Masters but unknowingly the CD Drive is the primary master and the hard drive is the secondary master. Now, both drives are recognized in the BIOS however, when I get the press any key to boot from the CD and I press a key - it doesn’t boot from the CD. It bypasses it and I am back to the activation loop screen. What am I doing wrong? The only time it actually booted from the CD (which I know is good as is the CD Drive) is when the computer couldn’t find the hard drive.
Help. Please. I thought this one would be simple! :o