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#1 mikebrudu

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Posted 13 January 2008 - 09:15 PM

Hey guys, i bought a pretty nice dell xps computer from my freinds dad, but he had to take out the harddrive. I know the computer works cause i saw him use it a while back. Anyway, i bought a new barracuda 160gb internal harddrive and hooked it up to the IDE and power supply, set the jumper to master, went into bios and set the comp to boot from cd-rom(with windows xp home in it) aaaaaaaand......

i get either a blinking cursor or sometimes i get a "strike f1 to retry boot, f2 to enter setup"


im really frustrated what do i do! please help! i was told by my freind that you guys know everything

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#2 garmanma

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Posted 13 January 2008 - 09:58 PM

So what does it say when you choose the F2 key?
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Posted 13 January 2008 - 10:02 PM

Black Screen (fixmbr) - http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=kb;en-us;314503

Does the BIOS reflect the new drive, rather than the old one?

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Edited by hamluis, 13 January 2008 - 10:05 PM.


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Posted 13 January 2008 - 10:23 PM

Hello mikebrudu and :thumbsup: to Bleeping Computer!

I am assumign that since you just got a new hard drive and are booting from the Windows XP CD, that you want to install Windows XP. If so, you need to press the F2 key to start the installation process.

#5 mikebrudu

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Posted 14 January 2008 - 01:26 AM

when i do press f2, it leads me back into the BIOS

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Posted 14 January 2008 - 07:53 AM

Hamluis has a good point - is the new HDD shown in the BIOS?

Edited by jhsmurray, 14 January 2008 - 07:54 AM.


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Posted 14 January 2008 - 10:17 AM

yes, it is




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