New PC doesn't boot after Vista Install

By steve.cookson ·
Hi Guys, after buying a new Megaware/ASUS PC with Vista Home Premium in Portuguese, I reinstalled, first my old XP in English (no boot) and then Vista Ulimate in English also no boot.

The installation works fine and installs to my SATA c-drive, but then when I reboot, nothing. I read somewhere that SATA drivers are not provided with Vista (and therefore I guess not with XP either), and you have to install these when installing the operating system. My recover/driver disks don't seem to have any useful drivers on them, where can I get them?

All ideas welcomed.

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SATA Drivers are not required with a Production Version of Vista

by OH Smeg In reply to New PC doesn't boot after ...

But they are required with XP for all versions sometimes. Here it depends on if the BIOS is new enough to see the SATA Drive when you open it.

Open the BIOS here and look to see if the SATA HDD is displayed as a Drive in BIOS. If it isn't check the SATA Setting to see if it has been changed to RAID or something else, if it has return this to it's Default and save the changes on exit and then check again if the Drive appears in BIOS. If it does you're fine to install XP though you will need all of the Drivers to get the hardware to function correctly.

If the SATA Drive isn't visible in BIOS and you want to install XP you need to include a SATA Driver and copy it to the Root of a Floppy. When the very First Blue Screen appears in the Windows Installer you need to press the F6 Key and wait till you are prompted to install a SCSI or other Driver then you just need to insert the Floppy Disc and press Enter. The SATA Drive will be loaded and the install will proceed normally. But installing any version of Windows means that the system will restart at least once and possibly more times. You should leave the unit alone and only enter anything when it ask you to otherwise Do Not Touch any Keys. All you should be required to enter is a Windows Product Key the Networking Type and then at the end if you want to activate & or Register Windows. With the last option chose No and allow the system to open Windows. When you are are that it's actually working you can then Activate & or Register your Product/s.

If this fails to work post back with more information about this computer namely it's Brand & Model Numbers or if it is a Custom Build the M'Boards Name & Model Number. ASUS has a very good Download Section but you first need to find the correct product.

If you want to look yourself you can access the ASUS Driver Download Site here


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This may get you running again

by Jacky Howe In reply to New PC doesn't boot after ...

Boot from the Vista Ultimate DVD and on the first screen click Next, click Repair your computer, click Next and select Startup Repair.<br><br>
Startup Repair is an automated repair process that scans your Vista installation for problems and attempts to automatically fix them. When you select to repair Vista from the Vista setup screen, and Vista detects problems, this process will be started automatically.
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