C drive not found, and more...

Hello experts! It's not easy to write a report on this, as I'm not even sure what's the main problem. But there's at least three problems I can mention:

I got a new computer yesterday, which I was supposed to assemble on my own. It's my first time doing this. It's a PC and I plan to install Windows 95 when I get the CD-ROM or CD-RW to work.

1. The housing has no ON/OFF switch on the backside, so I have not yet found a way to turn the machine off. And suprisingly, it doesn't help to press the power button on the front panel!
So, I have to pull out the cord to turn it off. Just like a Mac...

2. The harddisk (HDD) is found by the BIOS (Award), and if I change boot sequence to C, it tries to read from the HDD (even repeatedly for each time I press Enter). But I can't reach the C drive in any way. I've tested with a boot diskette, but it says that C is not a valid drive.

3. Without the C drive I can't boot or install Windows from the CD-ROM, can I?
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1. The housing has no ON/OFF switch on the backside, so I have not yet found a way to turn the machine off. And suprisingly, it doesn't help to press the power button on the front panel!
So, I have to pull out the cord to turn it off. Just like a Mac...


The same button that turns in ON should turn it OFF.  This is an ATX motherboard and the power button is a push-on push-off.  The actual control of the power is via the motherboard so if it's not working right there might be a defect in the motherboard or perhaps the power supply.  


2. The harddisk (HDD) is found by the BIOS (Award), and if I change boot sequence to C, it tries to read from the HDD (even repeatedly for each time I press Enter). But I can't reach the C drive in any way. I've tested with a boot diskette, but it says that C is not a valid drive.

You must FDISK (i.e. partition) and them FORMAT the drive before the drive will be recognized by DOS or Windows.  Boot your floppy and run FDISK at the prompt.  This should ask you how you want to partition the drive.  I'd suggest the defaults.  After that you will need to reboot.  Boot again with the floppy and type:

FORMAT C:

at the prompt.


3. Without the C drive I can't boot or install Windows from the CD-ROM, can I?

Now you can proceed with the Windows installation.
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