Im gonna build a new system pretty soon(hopefully) foor the first time. and i read somewhere that when you first startup your newly bult system you have to enter all the info about everything in your computer such as all colck sppeds and RAM stuff ETc etc...but waht if you dont know any of that? shouldnt it be able to read it automaticallly and set itself? is there a program that can do that?
mine did it automaticly when i built my system i don't think you do you may have to activate any hard diskdrives and drives you want to use eg set as master and slave.
Revenge was here.
14th December 2004
Thanks Mr. Helpful. That post was very helpful. Whoever told you that was lying WarDog. You just install the parts and your computer will recognize everything by itself (including what EvilEmpire said, that happens automatically). One thing you may have to do though, if your using a SATA hard drive, some older motherboards dont have the SATA drivers preinstalled so when you try to install Windows for the first time, it cant recognize your hard drive. All you have to do is put the SATA drivers on a floppy (some mobo's will come with the drivers alrady on a floppy if they arent preinstalled on the mobo itself), and when your installing windows and it asks you to press F6 to load a 3rd party RAID or SCSI driver, you press F6 and it installes the drivers from the floppy. That is the only problem that MAY come up, but it is just as probable that you wont have to do anything but install the parts... your mobo will recognize everything.
Please don't kick.
9th July 2005
why the hell is everyone around here aged 15 (just a point)
i was gonna get this HDD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144122 it doesnt look like its a SATA so hopefully ill have no problems? And thank you carl and evilempire for your help :beer:
Trust me, I'm a Doctor
25th November 2003
pc gamerwhy the hell is everyone around here aged 15 (just a point)
"aged 15"? i never heard it said that way before.... Maybe its because alot of people here were born 15 years ago. Wardog21, does your mobo or the one you want support SATA?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813130491 thats the moobo im gonna get, im not sure if it supports SATA...
Battlefield 2 ROX!
15th January 2004
WarDog your choice for a mobo is a good one, and it supports SATA. I recommend finding a SATA hard drive instead of your current choice. SATA drives don't require any type of configuring if you have recently purchased a copy of Windows XP. It is still possible that when you get to installing Windows your copy may not have the SATA drivers needed. Not to worry tho, most brands of hard drives still come with the drivers on floppy for you to install while installing Windows. With SATA is doesnt matter what order you hook up multiple drives or what SATA socket you connect 1 drvie to. Each SATA drive will be a master and have its own communication channel with the mobo. If you do chose to go SATA you will be getting a little more performance for a small increase in price. When you get to installing window, like I said you may need to give the Windows installer the drivers during setup time. I'll wait till then for you to coem back to forums for any help on that. Don't want to run on about a concern that can be left for later. Never mind about the price difference, NewEgg has the same drive with SATA connect for the same price http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822135106
...burning angel wings to dust
14th February 2004
The need to properly configure the BIOS goes back to the days of the AthlonXP, which would sometimes default to lower clocks that it was supposed to. I never knew why this was, but I suspect it was due to their tendancy to run hot and lack of any sort of thermal throttling. Regardles, the only time you need to fix BIOS settings on a new system is to overclock, or tweak some settings. Port choice with SATA drives does matter: SATA1 (the port) is equivalent to the Primary Master with IDE drives. This is important, because that will become the default drive to boot from, install Windows to, etc. This can be changed in BIOS AFAIK, but I thought the point here was to stay out of the BIOS...