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Dell Latitude C610, Help Required


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#1 dunc666

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 03:24 PM

A bit of advice please, if anyone can help it would be much appreciated.

i'm trying to help out a mate with the above mentioned laptop, to be honest i don't know a great deal about computers but...

i wiped the hd using killdisk, i've done this on pc's many times with no problems, but when i come to re-install xp i get the following on screen

" No boot sector on hard disk -

No bootable devices -- strike F1 to retry boot, F2 to setup utility "

i can hear the disc drive tryin but it wont load. i've checked BIOS and the boot order looks correct. killdisk worked on it so the disc drive must be working.

any idea's....simple idea's that is!!

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 03:40 PM

F2, select CD/DVD ROM as primary boot device.

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 04:00 PM

thanks, already tried that with no effect

Edited by dunc666, 17 March 2009 - 04:02 PM.


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Posted 17 March 2009 - 04:05 PM

Either faulty CD/DVD drive or unreadable OS disk. Do you have another OS/bootable disk to throw at it to narrow down the problem?

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 04:34 PM

i assume the disc drive is ok because it loaded "killdisk" initially. i've tried 2 different versions of xp. ??

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 05:37 PM

Are they Bootable Xp installations?
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Posted 17 March 2009 - 05:39 PM

yes i've used them before, although not on this machine

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 05:43 PM

"Hmm boot order looks correct" The CD/DVD rom drive is selected as first boot device right?
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Posted 18 March 2009 - 12:50 AM

correct




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