:!: i need help because i'm getting very frustrated with my new computer system.. i am building it myself, from scratch.. i have all of the components and they are all installed correctly..
the system has an Intel Motherboard
Pentium 4 3.06 ghz
1GB of RAM
a SeaGate 120GM HD with the jumper set to Master
a Maxtor 80GB HD with the jumper set to Slave
a DVD drive set to Master
a CDRW set to Slave
a standard Floppy
now, i am trying to set the computer up so i can use it...and it is not going well and i can't figure out what the problem is..
the seagate HD came with NO software whatsoever, but the Maxtor did.. i put that in to set up that HD and ever since i cannot get the computer to work at all.. when it loads, no matter what i do it comes up with "NTLDR is Missing," and it says to reboot.. if i do, that exact message comes up again.. it never goes away.. i can't even get to the command prompt.. the seagate HD does have the procedure for setting it up on a new system printed on the HD itself, but i can't even get to that point to try it..
i have read the articles on Maxtor's website about this error message and i have read the article on Microsoft's website, and none of them have helped AT ALL..
if i run the BIOS setup, it comes up and i can change the BOOT sequence to start with the DVD drive, and i can run the maxtor setup software again... when i EXIT from that software... THEN the command prompt appears, and ONLY then...
i do not have a full version of XP, but rather the upgrade.. so i am trying to install windows 3.11 so i can upgrade it to windows 95 and then to XP..
i cannot get the computer to recognize my floppy drive, because when i put in a disk and check the "dir" it says that the volume in the drive is "MAXTOR" and lists the same thing, no matter what disk i have in there... i cannot regain control of the floppy..
i burned all of the windows 3.11 disks onto a CD and ran setup, which worked... but when i try to install the OS it asks me for the location to install, and when i put C:\ it says there is not enough memory... which is absurd because both HDs are more than big enough...
i have taken the computer apart and put it back together several times... everything is connected properly, everything is installed the way it should be, but i just cannot get my HDs setup, so i can install windows.. i can't even figure out what letter each drive is, and i have to assume C:\ as a default... but i can't find any others.. i have been able to identify the floppy and both CD drives, but none of the literature or tech articles online that i have read help at all...
i keep running into brick walls... i have put so much money into this system already, i really don't want to have to spend $150+ to have someone look at it or something... can anyone give me any advice at all? :cry: