I am building a new system, with new but long obsolete components, that were really top-of-the-line in their day. I have physically installed all parts. I have set up things in BIOS. BIOS shows no HD. It shows NONE under Primary Master(HD). If I go to HD settings, and scroll a bit, then back to auto, then back to main page of installed hardware, It correctly sees the HDD and DVD_RW. Just a bit of scrolling around allows the BIOS to now see this HD.
When I save changes and I boot with an XP install disk and, as the PC POSTS, it says that there is "NONE" for Primary Master, 80 GB ATA HD. That is only seconds after the BIOS was showing the HD as clear as day. Just a few seconds later. Somehow the BIOS does not seem to want to take the changes. Actually it makes the correct changes, but when I boot, the BIOS goes right back to where it was before I made changes. This also happened with the DVD-RW drive, but when I made the correction to AUTO, the change stuck. The DVD spins the disk and tries to install windows but there seems to be no HD to load it to, so installation fails.
I have 3 disks.
1---WD hd installer disk.
2---ASUS A7x8X-X drivers disk
2---XP installation disk
Which should I use 1st, in this case on this completely raw system? Could this need to be set at 100 instead of 133 UDMA settings? Could that be the cause of this? I am positive it is just the slightest, simplest thing that I am missing.
I am no Expert, but somehow I think the IDE controllers are messed up. Disks can spin and try to boot but without that HD nothing happens. Now here is a big problem. I have four of these new Motherboards with processors, and memory, and CPU cooling fans, and video cards to match. They are new, expensive for their age, and I cannot get anything to install on the first one. This is not a good thing with 3 more to go.
I have had success with similar (but not exavct ASUS MB's), but now I am in a jam.
The QUESTION IS: Can anyone, by my description, see what I am doing wrong ??
Thank you in advance,