|"How do you install Vista ? From DVD drive or from USB flash drive ?"|
"Give us your full system specs."
Besides what I already listed, 500W power supply, sata DVD drive/burner, Sata hdd (no ide devices), MSI 9400GT.
"If you start your PC, what do you see on the monitor screen without an OS ?"
After the it goes through the checks, nothing but a message saying bootmgr is missing and a message to restart.
"Check your M/B manual for RAM and CPU support list. You may need a BIOS update.Final note: If the below is your M/B, I do not see E5300 in the CPU support list."
The mobo manual that came with the board is all but worthless. Just some pictures showing how to install the cpu and things like that.
I did check the support list before I got the board and did see that the CPU and RAM weren't listed as supported, but their faster versions were; so I figured that it wouldn't matter if I got the slightly cheaper versions (I've had other builds were I've done the same without issue).
So maybe this board being newer does have issues with the unsupported RAM/CPU and maybe I should just return those?
EDIT: Also I'm not sure if I can apply a bios update as I don't have a floppy drive (not even sure a bios update would include further support for my exact ram and cpu).