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I am builng my fourh Machine. Everything Went well until start-up. it takes about 4 minutes. Everything runs fine once booted. Oh1 and it only boots if windows XP CD is in drive.

Done the CMOS bit, changed the boot sequence to floppy/HDD/CDROM, but the S*D still boots using CDROM.

CPU is AMD 64x2 4200+, with compatible DDR2 RAM & MSI M/B

Any Ideas PLEASE

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dcc
BIOS set to auto find drives. I went in and manually searched from within BIOS which found drives OK. I have now reflashed BIOS with same version. Boot up time now 2 minutes or so. But still won't boot without windows CD in Drive. Even though I have been in and changed boot drive priority to floppy/HDD/CDROM. it boots a little faster obviously with floppy/CDROM/HDD.
So although P.O.S.T seems to be working and recognises drives, BIOS is seems to see my drive priority changes, it does see/accept HDD when it tries to boot.
Regards
DukeOfE

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I missed the 01 when I first read this, are you running raid 0+1? If so try running on just the hdd you have the OS on.

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Solved at last. Followed Catweazle guide and took machine back to bare bones. The culprit was the last item connected, the DVDRW (LITE-ON DVDRW LH-20A1H). It Didn't like being setup as a slave drive. Had to set it up as secondary master. I've had LITE_ON drives before but not with this problem.
Thanx to dcc for responding an to Catweazle Guide

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