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Xp Cd Will Not Boot, Have No Os Now...


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#1 madman6510

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 06:24 PM

I recently got a Pentium 4 at a garage sale, and plan to give it to one of my relatives. The version of XP loaded on it had everyting (bad), viruses, junkware, ad infinitum. Clearly not in any shape to even be USED, less given away. I used DBAN to wipe the drives, and put my spare copy of XP Pro in. Computer went past BIOS, searching, searching... REBOOT AND SELECT PROPER BOOT DEVICE.
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*facepalm*

Tried checking in the BIOS to make sure it was looking at the CD, tried both drives, (which work, I tested them), tried willing the computer to work, nothing. Computer just sat there repeating the same thing like an annoying 5 year old.

Any suggestions?

PS: CD does work, I tested it on a virtual machine.

Edited by madman6510, 25 July 2008 - 06:24 PM.


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Posted 25 July 2008 - 07:21 PM

Something old that I had no idea of it's history, first thing I'd do is replace the motherboard battery
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Posted 25 July 2008 - 08:54 PM

Are you sure that you have the CD-ROM set as the first device in the boot order?

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 09:25 PM

Yes, I was sure of the things above.

I fixed it now! (After jumping through about 1000 hoops, mind you, but still working)
I used an old 98 install disk, and installed 98, which did not work AT ALL with the networking. After about an hour of troubleshooting, I figured out how to disable the NDIS drivers so I could actually boot 98, and from there upgraded to XP.




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