I am installing Windows XP on an old Dell Dimension 2400. I have a 40 GB drive on the primary IDE controller, and a DVD drive on the secondary controller.
When I boot the machine, it complains about not finding a hard drive, but continues to boot to the XP install disk in the DVD drive. If I go into the bios, it only lists the DVD drive as detected.
IF I follow the XP installer through, however, it sees the drive, allows me to partition, format, and install setup files on it. On reboot, however, the BIOS still does not see hard drive and does not try to boot from it.
I've tried swapping the IDE controllers and cables that the DVD drive and the hard drive use but the BIOS never sees the hard drive.
Any idea what could be causing this?