scratch build.....need a little help here please
Posted on 2003-03-09
I'm using my full allocation of 75 points from my sign up to ask this question since I really need someone to gimme a hand here. This is my first scratch build project, I've done cpu, memory upgrades and installing second and third hard drives before but nothing like this. My problem is as follows:
I am hoping at the end of my build to have a dual boot system, with separate NEC DVD-R and CD-RW drives. I have two hard drives, one for each system. One hdd is a 40Gb Maxtor 7200rpm and I propose to install Red Hat Linux 8.0 on to there, the other hdd is a 180GB IBM 7000rpm on which I will install my main system, Win XP Pro. Now I'm know ones gotta b the slave, so thats will be the 20GB, and I'll install Red Hat Linux onto there...somehow. Anyway, my real problem is my two cd/dvd drives. I have a floppy drive on my new build machine as im aware I need to install MSCDEX.exe from a floppy to get the CD drive to be recognised, but I dont have ANY knowledge of how to do this, OR even if its necessary for me to do the exact same with the NEC DVD-R drive. Basically, I guess you could say I'm looking for a step-by-step (or close enough to one) guide to "Right, I've built this beast, now i just plug it in and...oh, now what?" so in laymans terms, what should I do after putting all the components together, cecking all connections and plugging it in.
Any help you guys n gals can give me would be so very well recieved!
Just for informational purposes, heres my system so far:
* Micro-star International KT4 Ultra MS-6590
* AMD Athlon 2600+ (266MHz FSB)
* 1.5GB PC2700 DDR RAM
* Gainward Geforce4 Powerpack! Pro/600 Tv /AGP 64MB DDR Mx-440 Chipset With Tv-out
* Creative Soundblaster Audigy 2 PCI
* NEC DVD-R
* Sony 52x24x52X CD-RW
* Sony 3.5" Floppy drive
* 40GB Maxtor 7200rpm
* 180GB IBM 7200rpm
* Basic 56K .v92
* 10/100T LAN card.
* Win XP Professional on one HDD and Red Hat Linux 8.0 on the other.
If anybody has any comments on my system, in terms of compatability/sweetness etc please post away!!
thanks for your time :)