Dell Dimension E310 Will freez at the win xp

Dell Dimension e310 desktop - customizab...
March 19, 2010 at 17:24:20
Specs: Windows XP
Hey i recently updated the ram on the computer and a hard drive and installed the xp OS then it will freez at the windows xp loading screen and wont boot then i figured out that the bios had the two dvd drives enabled so i disabled them.then it boot fine but now i since the dvd is disabled the cd drive wont appear on "my computer" and if i enable the one dvd drive in the bios it wont boot and freeze at the windows xp Loading Screen.

Can anybody help Thanks:

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March 19, 2010 at 19:31:49
You have a CD drive AND TWO DVD drives on one computer???
If these are IDE drives, have you set the master/slave jumpers correctly? If they are Sata drives, try switching Sata ports (sometimes two of your Sata ports are unusable if you are also using EIDE drives, depends on motherboard) You also might have port assignment issues/conflicts in windows. If you actually have 3 optical drives, try unplugging one completely. Your DVD drives can read CD's, so 2 DVD drives should meet all of your needs.
One of your optical drives needs to be first in boot order with your hard drive after it so you can load or repair windows. When your system does not find a bootable disk in the drive, it will look to the hard drive, so you can leave it this way without worrying.
You also may need to load drivers for each of the drives you are using, your XP disk may not have drivers for newer drives, in fact, it does NOT natively support Sata drives at all. If any of your drives are Sata, you will need to load the drivers while installing Xp (with a floppy, or on a customized XP disk), OR install XP with the Sata drives inplugged, then install the drivers, then reconnect them, and start.

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