Posted 23 June 2006 - 03:20 PM
My problem is, essentially, with a CD ROM drive.
What I was trying to do was reformat a computer and install Windows XP. Now, this computer is old -- something like 300mhz old -- but I was doing it for a friend, so, her choice I guess. It already had a copy of Windows XP on, but it was obviously hacked. Everytime I started up the computer it would give me a message which was roughly "This copy of Windows is not genuine, please authenticate" or some such thing. So, I set about reformatting it to put a legal copy on there and get rid of all her excess junk.
First problem: normally I would just put in the Windows XP disc and let the boot disc do its job, but when I rebooted the computer with the disc in nothing happened. It just went straight to the desktop, ignoring the CD. I made sure to go into the BIOS and change the boot order to CD ROM, but nothing. When using the OS I discovered that the CDROM drive itself wasn't reading CD's, so I figured that was the problem, and I changed the CDROM drive. The new one apparently worked -- I was able to explore the Windows XP cd when using the OS itself -- but still it did not let me boot with the CD.
So, I just said "oh well" and reformatted anyway. It wouldn't let me reformat with the command prompt (it always told me the drive was in use, and so I couldn't reformat with the prompt... very frustrating) so I used a couple of MS DOS floppy disks to format the hard disk and install DOS that way. So, now the disk is formatted and I just have to get my legal copy of XP back on there.
However, even though I was able to read CD's before the format by going into My Computer and just clicking on the D drive myself, now in DOS it won't even acknowledge that there's a D drive. This means, of course, that I can't get XP on there because the CD won't work. Does anyone know what's wrong, here?
To summarize: I'm trying to install XP on a computer with DOS, but the computer isn't recognizing the D drive.
Maybe I should just try yet another CD ROM drive? It's just confusing, because I know the current one can read.