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PC won't boot from XP disk


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#1 Imageman

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 10:29 AM

My home built Windows XP Professional PC suffered a Hard drive failure. I purchased a new WD Black drive and set about to install it. I have several XP 'upgrade' installation disks (legal, by the way), but can't for the life of me get the PC to boot on any of them? I've set first boot drive to be the DVD player in BIOS.

Help appreciated - Best, IM

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#2 NuckenFutz

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 11:17 AM

I had this problem with 2 stupid laptop's i was trying to fix. Too bad I never found the solution. =/
Do you have another CD drive you can try?

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 12:03 PM

An upgrade version of XP...won't install unless it either detects a qualifying version of Windowz (justifying the upgrade version) or you insert the CD for the qualifying prior version.

Been that way for a very long time now.

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Edited by hamluis, 01 July 2011 - 01:53 PM.
Typo.


#4 NuckenFutz

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 12:36 PM

I had fresh install disk and it still did not boot. That was on the laptop's though. I know they were not upgrade disk's because I used the disk on my computer when it had no OS.

Edited by NuckenFutz, 01 July 2011 - 12:47 PM.


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Posted 01 July 2011 - 01:52 PM

What kind of laptop? I know the lenovos have this annoying, slightly hard to find (in some cases) blue button that you have to press to get it to boot from another device.

Why do they do that? To irritate techs. Same reason why thinkpads are about 200x harder to disassemble than most laptops.
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Posted 01 July 2011 - 02:57 PM

The two laptops were a dell and a toshiba.

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 03:25 PM

There's 4 reasons that I can think of as to why you can't boot from the disk:

1: you have a bad disk

2: the cd/dvd isn't set as the 1st boot device

3: you're not pressing the any key when it asks you if you want to boot off of the cd

4: the cd/dvd drive is defective
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Posted 01 July 2011 - 03:38 PM

I purchased a new WD Black drive ...

It sounds like the new drive is SATA. If that's the case, have you ever tried to slipstream the sata drivers into XP CD as instructed in this thread ?

#9 NuckenFutz

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 03:59 PM

There's 4 reasons that I can think of as to why you can't boot from the disk:

1: you have a bad disk

2: the cd/dvd isn't set as the 1st boot device

3: you're not pressing the any key when it asks you if you want to boot off of the cd

4: the cd/dvd drive is defective


I know for a fact the CD drives were good because I could get them to boot some other disks like utility's. Also, the disk was good because I used it on my desktop and I set the CD drive as the first boot device. It never pulled up the option to boot the CD =/

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 04:29 PM

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It never pulled up the option to boot the CD =/
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All windows xp disks say: "press any key to boot from the CD....."

Try just pressing a few random buttons after POST and before windows loads.
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#11 NuckenFutz

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 05:00 PM

I know, what I was trying to say is that it never even got that far.




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