hello all, i have been browsing these forums for a few weeks now and this is my first post. unfortunately i need help.
ok, let me start from the beginning. last week i upgraded my ram from 2x512 to 2x1gb. after no initial problems, the pc refused to power up the day after the upgrade. not even the fan was coming on, only sign of life was the green led on my mobo.
i took the machine to a local repair shop and they determined after a few days that one of my hard drives was fried and apparently so was the psu. i now have the machine back with a new psu.
i did have 2 hard drives installed, but the one which no longer works was NOT the hard drive which had the OS on. the OS hard drive works fine. anyways. i get the machine back, start up my system and it says "please insert system disc to boot" or something of the sort. i can find this out precisely if i have not been specific enough, please let me know. so now i have power, but windows won't start.
i then insert my media centre disc, go to set up and try a repair, button "F2". it wanted an administrator password (i never had a password) so i press enter and nothing seemed to happen. i then type EXIT and the system restarts and suddenly i`m in windows. everything was seemingly fine somehow. however when i tried to restart the machine without the media centre disc in the machine i get the same error message as previous "please insert system disc to boot". so basically windows starts but only with my media centre disc inside. if possible i`d like to know why this is and how it can be remedied. i am a bit of a novice with PC's so please be kind if this is something really basic.
i apologise for the long winded explanation, hopefully it made sense.
my pc specs are
asus a8n-e nforce4 chipset (socket 939)
amd x2 4200 CPU
OCZ platinum 3200 ddr ram 2x1gb
geeforce 6600 graphics card
windows media centre OS
if i have not provided enough info please ask me and i will do my best to provide it. any information on my problem would be greatly appreciated.