Evening guys, \n\n\n\nThis problem has coursed me some serious issues, and im currently at a loss.\n\n\n\nThis is what happened, i installed 5308 on a fresh clean hard disk that has no previous errors and by all accounts is in a good working order. I ran the install from the DVD drive during boot, then carried out a full new install on to the clean disk, The install process proceded with out error, however the installer finished copying data to the hard drive and started its reboot sequence. at this point my computer fails to boot. Im not talking about corrupt boot sectors im talking about serious issue thats stopping my compter from finishing its POST.\n\n\n\ni am unable to access the BIOS, i am unable to change the boot order using the built in boot selector program.\n\n\n\nThe POST sequence gets up to detecting the IDE drives, it then tells me the name and model number of the connected drives and tells me SMART is active and ok, at this point the system fails POST with no error messages.\n\n\n\nIf i disconnect the drive in question the system will post correctly and will boot to my other SATA drives.\n\n\n\nI have tried new cables, i have tried changing drive between master and slave, and primary and secondery controlers.\n\n\n\nI tried resetting the BIOS to defaults\n\n\n\nI assumed at this point the drive simply failed and tried the whole install again with another IDE drive.\n\n\n\nThe same error accured again, exactly the same settings and exactly the same problem.\n\n\n\nThis has left me with two 120GB IDE drives that are nothing more than paper weights and hand warmers.\n\n\n\ni am reluctant to try this again on my SATA drives incase it happens again.\n\n\n\nIn my mind it looks like the install process added something to the firmware on the hard disk its self, this change was not supported by my hardware config and thus the system fails. I have yet to try the hard drives on another PC to confirm this.\n\n\n\nIf anyone has any ideas what has happened please feel free to voice your opinions.\n\n\n\nIf this was because vista installed or amended the firmware, i would be very intrested as to know why and to what end they will go.\n\n\n\nI have installed older builds of vista 32 bit and 64 bit, with out issue on the same hardware config.\n\n\n\nsomething is up my friends!