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#1 edb


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Posted 14 May 2007 - 02:47 PM

I'm a novice but I decided to try and restore an old computer that need some new hardware. The motherboard and processor were still good but it needed and I mechanically installed a new hard-drive, dvd/cd ROM, keyboard/mouse and sound card. The hard-drive is completely new and empty. I have an OS (XP) to install but do not know where to start. I turn on the computer and I get the black screen that tells me what devices I have, how much RAM etc. I also get a cursor prompt in the bottom left but of course I have not been able to load the software for the new KB/mouse. When I put in the XP disk I get the licensing agreement but can not proceed from there. What little I understand is that the hard-drive must be formated by I can not determine how to do so.

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Posted 14 May 2007 - 02:50 PM

The install disc should be giving you the option to format the disk then install Windows. What happens after you hit F8 or whatever to accept the licensing agreement?

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Posted 14 May 2007 - 07:09 PM

If you're using a USB keyboard or mouse, have you enabled USB legacy support in the BIOS (or tried using a PS2 keyboard and mouse)?
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