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Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by iloveboxcars, Sep 21, 2004.

  1. iloveboxcars

    iloveboxcars 12oz Royalty

    Joined: Jul 29, 2002 Messages: 20,505 Likes Received: 440
    my friend reformatted his computer.. and he says the only thing that he can access is setup. It's a laptop, it's a dell inspirion. He tried loading windows xp on it but it says non-system disk error and he does not get a dos prompt. They have also tried loading dos in it. apparently that doesnt work either.



    any suggestions?
     
  2. mikro137

    mikro137 Guest

    its a bios issue , im almost certain of it. go into the bios (f2 i believe on dells) and set the boot priority to have the cdrom boot first. that should solve it.

    email me , and ill give you specific manuals and shit if needed.
     
  3. ClueTwo

    ClueTwo Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 30, 2001 Messages: 9,016 Likes Received: 117
    You can not do a clean install with Windows Xp..Tell him he must put an earlier version of windows onto the drive and then UPGRADE to Windows XP..If he needs help passed that I can probably be of some help, but let me know what's up..
     
  4. mikro137

    mikro137 Guest

    thats total bullshit. im not only claiming im an expert , but i have the credentals to prove it.

    mikro137/mcp since 2000
     
  5. iloveboxcars

    iloveboxcars 12oz Royalty

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    he says it still doesnt work, could you give me a word for word explanation? i dont have your email.
     
  6. j

    j Guest

    so when you say cdrom, you really mean hard drive, right?
     
  7. effyoo

    effyoo Elite Member

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    this exact same thing happened to me after i reformatted my hard drive too.
    like mikro said:

    when you turn on the computer hold down F2 or F8 (or one of those keys).

    it will take you to a setup screen.

    find the thing that says boot priority or something similar. it might not be right there, you might have to dig around a bit.

    change it to cd-rom from fixed disk or whatever.

    its really simple.
     
  8. mikro137

    mikro137 Guest

    stevemikrojones@hotmail.com if you do aim , send me you name and ill walk you through it

    j: you need to take an a+ course

    effyou - you are dead on. dells thougha re weird and sometimes have seperate boot prioority bios (especially on that family) and you cjange em in seperate menus
     
  9. j

    j Guest

    if all he can access is setup, the only device that the comp is booting from is the cdrom. why in the world would you want to switch it to cdrom?

    j/lets see how long this goes on.
     
  10. iloveboxcars

    iloveboxcars 12oz Royalty

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  12. iloveboxcars

    iloveboxcars 12oz Royalty

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  13. j

    j Guest

    keep us updated on how this works out, boxcars
     
  14. iloveboxcars

    iloveboxcars 12oz Royalty

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    well, the first thing didnt work, and whats his name hasnt sent me a message yet so nothing else has happened.


    could you go into detail about what you think i should do?
     
  15. j

    j Guest

    I see.

    How far through setup did he get? I'm not rocking AIM, unfortunately, or I'd hop on and make this a bit easier.

    If he is not getting past the initial blue screen part of setup, the comp is not able to boot from the hard drive to complete the XP installation.

    The BIOS should be set to have the hard drive as a boot device. If the BIOS cannot see the hard drive, as in it is not being detected when you power up, then there is no way you can get anywhere. You will be repeatedly dumped into the initial XP setup process.

    I am curious if the XP installer sees a hard drive present at all. If you could step me through exactly what happens when you try to install XP, that would be helpful.
     
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