This is probably not the right forum for this since it's more of an XP issue, but I didn't know where else to post it so I thought I would post it here and keep my fingers crossed :-)
I got a used DAW last year that I used as a secondary machine (mostly just to run GS), but the boot drive on my older DAW died a few weeks ago, so I've been attempting to configure the newer machine to use as my new main DAW. When I got it, the only hard drives it had was two Samsung 250gb drives in a RAID 0 configuration. This acted as both the boot drive and held all the samples. When my older DAW died, I took the WD 350gb drive that I used to store all my audio (recordings/mixdowns, not samples) files out of it and installed it into the newer DAW.
GS has always been buggy on this newer system (lots of BSODs) so I got ambitious and thought I would try to max out the potential of the mobo. I upgraded the CPU from P4 2.5 to P4 3.4 and went as far as I could with the memory. That all has worked out okay, but I still get quite a few crashes.
So now I want to try to set the machine up "properly" for GS by using my current E drive (the WD) as my boot and the RAID drives for samples only. The plan was to install XP Pro SP1 on the E drive (since I've read here and elsewhere that GS likes SP1 better then SP2), make it my boot drive, install soundcard drivers, sequencer, GS etc, and once it worked, clean off the RAID drives and reinstall only sample libraries on those.
So I bought a copy of XP Pro SP1 and tried to do this last night. When I put the CD in, I got a message saying something to the effect of "This is an older version of Windows XP. You can not install an older version" and didn’t let me go any farther then that. So I set up bios to boot off the DVDROM drive and installed the OS onto the E drive that way - at least I think I did - there is now a Windows folder and files on the E drive, but I haven't been able to try it out. The problem is, when I boot up the computer, I can't get it to boot up to the E drive. I've set up bios to make E the only drive to go to as boot, but the system still insists booting up from the C. I've also looked into trying to change drive letters (change E to C and C to E) but Windows doesn't seem to want to let me do that. Any ideas of what I can try at this point? I've searched on the web and tried a couple of things in articles I found online, but I haven't been able to fix the problem. Please feel free to state the obvious. My computer knowledge is pretty basic and I may not know something that may be glaringly obvious to most of you here. Thanks in advance for any suggestions you might have.
2x 1gb Kingston 400 DDR (2x1gb)
(don't know what my video card is)
C Drive: 2x 250gb Samsung in RAID O Configuration
OS on C Drive Win XP Pro SP2
D Drive: DVD player/recorder (don't know the brand)
E Drive (currently for audio storage, want to make this my boot drive): WD 350gb
OS on E Drive Win XP Pro SP1