I currently am attempting a reinstall of Windows XP. The Matshitu UJ-810 installed on the system booted form the Vaio disk but will now not read anything else. Any ideas on how to solve this Thank you, Josh
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You can change the boot up order of devices in the BIOS. Go into the BIOS setup then to Boot up order and move the CD/DVD dirve as the first boot device and the hard drive as the 2nd boot device. Then you boot up with a disc in the CD/DVD drive.
---------------> Perform a clean install of Windows XP
1)- Start your computer from the Windows XP CD. To do this, insert the
Windows XP CD into your CD drive or DVD drive, and then restart your
2)- When you see the "Press any key to boot from CD" message, press any key to start the computer from the Windows XP CD.
3)- At the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER to start Windows XP Setup.
4)- Read the Microsoft Software License Terms, and then press F8.
5)- Follow the instructions on the screen to select and format a partition where you want to install Windows XP.
6)- Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the Windows XP Setup.
Note:- Back up all important information before you perform a clean
installation of Windows XP. Save the backup to an external location,
such as a CD or external hard disk.
you have to make sure that your drive is compatible with Windows 7 . If answer is yes then check its driver.i suggest you to boot a CD or DVD to check the drive physically ,if this test fails then it is dead
Boot from the Windows XP CD. Watch for a Press any key to boot from CD... message similar to the one shown above. Press a key to force the computer to boot from the Windows CD. If you do not press a key, your PC will continue to boot to the Windows XP installation that's currently installed on your hard drive. If this happens, simply reboot and try to boot to the Windows XP CD again.
When the Windows XP Professional/Home Setup screen appears, press R to enter Recovery Console Select your OS and enter password (if needed)
When you reach the command prompt type the following and then press Enter:
expand d:\i386\hal.dl_ c:\windows\system32\hal.dll Using the expand command as shown above, d represents the drive letter assigned to the optical drive that your Windows XP CD is currently in. While this is most often d, your system could assign a different letter. Also, c:\windows represents the drive and folder that Windows XP is currently installed on. Again, this is most often the case but your system could be different.
If you're prompted to overwrite the file, press Y.
Take out the Windows XP CD, type exit and then press Enter to restart your PC.
Tried this on my Sony Vaio VGN-SZ650N after completely reinstalling Windows Vista on it and losing access to my this drive. It worked. :) http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929461
Good luck hope this helps,
Tried this on my Sony Vaio VGN-SZ650N after completely reinstalling Windows Vista on it and losing access to my this drive. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929461
Good luck hope this helps,
sounds like it's trying to boot to the dead drive- pay attention to the screen when you power on F12 or F1 whatever get's you to boot menu- change the order to exclude the broken drive- it should stop beeping.