2nd January 2007
Alright, I was able to boot Winxp just fine, but after I install a new power supply, I can run windows xp fine too, but then after I restarted, I got a boot disk error, so i can't go into the windows, so I was going to reformat it, and i put the cd in, it didnt giv eme a "press any key to continue" it just took me right to winxp, how can i go into windows without using my cd?
When attempting to format by rebooting after inserting the OS disc you will not get the "Press any key to boot from CD" message unless the ROM drive you have the OS disc in is set as the first boot device in the BIOS. Just reboot, hold down Delete (before the Windows logo appears) and look for the page in the BIOS that you can adjust boot order with. You need to set the boot device at the top of the list (#1) as the ROM drive you have the disc in. Then when it reboots you'll be able to go into format setup.
Don´t you think this is a bit hard for normal users ? When I see blue screen I start to panic.I can easily find out what´s wrong with my PC but tempering with BIOS is risky. Once did that and PC just completely shut down without the possibillty of getting it back on.
LOL, better you actually relax and learn some basics than panick. Often harfull mistakes are avoided with a little knowhow. Setting boot order in ANY BIOS is far from tampering and quite simple to do really. A BIOS is something that is easier to deal with than many people think and even has info describing each feature when highlighted and directions on how to make settings. Most BIOS are still set to boot from the floppy by default. There's no way he could do any harm by changing boot order and he'd only have the option of floppy, ROM, or HD anyway. Besides that I already detailed the very easy to follow steps to set the ROM as the first boot device. It ain't exactly rocket science. It's kind of assumed if someone asks help here they at least have enough confidence to follow advice given. Your reaction is more one of a person that would only buy a name brand PC with a 3 year warranty and call the tech every time to coach then step by step. Ironically that's often worse than coming to a place like this. There's a first time for all of us but you don't get over that hurdle by assuming you can't.;)
I see.Hm I know that you are into this and maybe you can help me with this one. What exactly is overclocking ? I found some definitions on the internet but I can hardly understand any of it.Is that speeding up your PC at the cost of the temperature ? (you see how we can get along ? );)Exo
Wow, caught me off guard with that one. My first concern was that djknitex not worry too much about checking boot order but since you've leapt to a bolder challenge, I'll answer a few basics on overclocking. First off, OCing is much more complex than the very simple BIOS settings I just described so if that worries you, I would definitely learn more about the basics of PC hardware/software first before delving into it. Overclocking is exactly what the term implies, clocking your CPU and/or GPU to higher frequencies so they run faster. I will point out some basics about OCing. Most do it to get best case scenario performance out of their gear rather than buying higher priced and/or already OCed parts. It's best to use aftermarket cooling before doing so, such as a custom heatsink/fan for the CPU and GPU. Both will void your CPU/GPU warranty except in the case of XFX brand video cards sold in North America. Video cards are generally easier to overclock requiring only stepping them up a few Ghz at a time until you see artifacts, then bump them back down until they run stable. Many video cards and MBs now come with OCing software included but NEVER trust presets, especially in MBs. OCing manually is always a better way to fine tune them and check for stability. Some of the new CPUs, specifically the Core 2s by Intel, are easy to OC to much higher speeds even without increasing voltage. A masterfully OCed setup often includes finely balancing CPU Ghz, core voltage and RAM timings though, so it takes knowhow, experience and patience to do it well. For many it's not worth the time it takes, the loss of warranty, and the risk of premature part failure to do their own OCing. There are many brands that offer pre OCed video cards including XFX, BFG, and EVGA. There are also custom PC builders that will sell prebuilt rigs with parts you can select yourself including OCed CPUs, some at affordable prices such as CyberPower. I respect that OCing is a skilled hobby and passion for many that have learned much about it but it's also often an addiction that leaves many insisting on swapping out parts often to get the very best in OCable gear. In the long run for them they probably spend more because of it than less. For those whom can keep practical about it though it really is a way of juicing the most bang for your buck and quite a feeling of achievement as well.