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Having trouble reinstalling XP


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#1 chaos5507

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 01:48 PM

I was given a DELL XPS Gen 3 with a new hard drive. (The old one had crashed). I have the XP reinstallation CD. But all I get on the screen is "No boot device available - strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility" The hard drive and both CD drives are being reconized by the computer, I have also tried changing the boot sequence and turing of all the drives but the master CD drive. Any suggestions?

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 01:56 PM

Ok enable everything back and set the cd-rom drive as the first thing to boot (make sure the xp cd is inside) Also when you exit the bios make sure you save!!!

Edited by freelancer88, 25 March 2009 - 01:57 PM.

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 02:25 PM

Ok enable everything back and set the cd-rom drive as the first thing to boot (make sure the xp cd is inside) Also when you exit the bios make sure you save!!!


Still not working?

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 02:31 PM

Is the new hard drive a SATA drive? and was the old hard drive IDE?

Edited by freelancer88, 25 March 2009 - 02:33 PM.

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 02:52 PM

Is the new hard drive a SATA drive? and was the old hard drive IDE?


Yes I believe so, because in the BIOS it says Onboard IDE Hard Drive (not present)

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 03:01 PM

This is link should point in the right direction, xp and sata drives dont mix for some reason, this tells you how to install xp to a Sata Hard Drive

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Install-Win...-F6-47807.shtml

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 05:37 AM

This is link should point in the right direction, xp and sata drives dont mix for some reason, this tells you how to install xp to a Sata Hard Drive

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Install-Win...-F6-47807.shtml


This looks like it might work, but I can't get the drivers to download with out a floppy, any ideas?

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 11:52 AM

This is link should point in the right direction, xp and sata drives dont mix for some reason, this tells you how to install xp to a Sata Hard Drive

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Install-Win...-F6-47807.shtml


This looks like it might work, but I can't get the drivers to download with out a floppy, any ideas?


This did not work, does any one have any more suggestions?

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 05:51 PM

freelance, thanks for your help. It turns out that I needed to go old school and use the 6 disk floppy recovery set. with out that link I would have never figured it out.




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