error loaDING OPERATING SYSTEM

TRYING TO BOOT UP A PC WITH XP PRO ON A HD AND GET ERROR LOADING OPERATING SYSTEM. I TRIED OTHER HD'S AND RECEIVED SAME ERROR LOADING OPERATING SYSTEM. NOT SURE WHERE TO GO FROM HERE. I DO GET LONG BEEPS WHEN I BOOT UP PC AND WHEN I TURN IT BACK OFF AND BACK ON AGAIN IT DOESNTN GIVE ME THOSE LONG BEEPS ANYMORE. WHERE SHOULD I GI FROM HERE. ALSO THIS IS AN EXISTING MOTHERBOARD THAT WAS PLACED IN A NEW CASE. I DONT THINK THAT MATTERS BUT WOULD FIGURE ID BE AS DETAILED AS POSSIBLE. HOPE I CAN GET THIS FIXED??
Carl1975Asked:
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ascendant256Commented:
Did it boot normally with this same harddrive and mobo combo before?
What else besides the case have you changed?
What is the mobo manufacturer and model?
Do these harddrives you are using have windows on them, and if so, will they boot in another computer?
Describe the beep sequence: long, long, short or what?
al-hasanCommented:
Carl1975: Could you please let us know the exact error message? Is it not finding any operation system, or do you see some menue? A fast check could be whether the c: partition is set to 'active' (do a fdisk and then just view the entries), and whether the hard disk is recognized in the BIOS. As well, the answers to ascendant256's questions would be very helpful.

Regards,
has.
Carl1975Author Commented:
the  problem was that the bios could not recognize a harddrive over40 gigs. put a 10 gig harddrive in and was able to install and boot up up pc with no problem.
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jimilicaCommented:
it's a win98 problem i think wich is first edition and at that time there were no HD larger then 10 gigs but if you try My guess is that you can boot up with a larger HD with an younger version of windows

I guess. :)
al-hasanCommented:
>>  ...the bios could not recognize a harddrive over40 gigs...  <<

If you have no data on the hard disk, you can try to address it in LBA mode (in BIOS settings). But of course it must be recognized first. I am not aware of any border of 40 GB, while there was one around 32 GB (http://www.storagereview.com/guide2000/ref/hdd/bios/sizeGB315.html). Still, if there is a newer BIOS than installed available, it might be helpful to flash it. However this is not without danger - an admitted rare mis-flash ruins your board, simply said.

So things are working now with the 10 GB drive?

Regards,
has.
mysticaldanCommented:
Try to update the BIOS of ur board. Go to the site of ur manufacturer and upgrade ur BIOS and see if then u can recognise a 40 GB hard disk. I havve a lot of motherboards that have same problem but its recitified after upgrading the BIOS.

Also from BIOS make sure that any hardware not present on the system is disabled like floppy drive etc.

Dan
Blackgeo32Commented:
You must update the BIOS of your motherboard, to do that:
Get in the site of the manufacturer of motherboard and download the new BIOS.

WARNING!
1st. You must know exactly the MODEL of MAINBOARD
2nd.Better use a UPS because if the system SHUT DOWN when you are updating your BIOS
the motherboard you will probably DESTROY your motherboard.

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ascendant256Commented:
That is not true, if the bios ubdate gets interrubted by power loss, you can call up the mobo manufacturer and get a new bios rom chip. IDK how much they cost, but they're probably cheap.  It's just a memory chip.  It's often in a socket and you can just pop it out ans insert a new one carefully.

Also, the hdd may have been dropped and fried, check it in another pc that supports hdds over 40gigs.  You may need a new hdd.
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