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Posted 06 June 2007 - 08:33 PM
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Motherboard: MSI P35 Neo-F (Socket 775 LGA) Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.40 Ghz Kentsfield Chipset: Intel P35 Graphics Card: Nvidia Geforce GT 440 Memory: 2x 2GB DDR2 800 RAM Storage: 1x IDE 80GB, 1x SATA II 500 GB, 1x External 500GB HD Power Supply: 600W Power supply Monitor: Dual screen set-up Casing: Mini-ATX Fan(s): 1x 80mm silent fan OS: Windows XP SP3
Posted 06 June 2007 - 09:05 PM
To install an OS from a CD you must change the boot order in the BIOS. In your case, the floppy drive is probably listed as first. You have to change it so the CD ROM drive is the first boot device. With that done, you save changes and reboot with the OS disc in the drive and it should automatically start to load
I have just managed to install a new OS (Win2000) on a brand new HDD in a notebook. I've not installed anything since floppies. The OS came with an installation cd. After a bit of messing around, I got it installed from boot floppies which I found instructions on-line how to get from the cd. My question is this - how does the cd drive work and what makes it autorun and "do its thing?" Should I have been able to get the installation to work from the cd? If so, how? If my desktop XP hard disk were to die and needed a new HDD, would I have to get it going from floppies too? (I've only got a Dell recovery disk for the desktop).
Posted 06 June 2007 - 09:32 PM
Thanks, I looked at that - "optical disk" is the first in the boot order, then USB cd-rom, then USB floppy and so on.
In your case, the floppy drive is probably listed as first.
There's no windows explorer - there's no windows until it's installed and (as far as I know ) there's nothing on the HDD. Anything that's working is working from the BIOS or something.....
(you'll see windows explorer open up in a window)
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