After formating the hard drive and reinstalling Windows XP, I can no longer make adjustments to the display. More importantly, I cannot install programs because "aparently" I am not logged in as an administrator when in fact I am.
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Re: Dell Dimension 3000®
The display adjustment issue is most likely to not having the correct display adapter drivers installed. The admin issue though is puzzling. Have you tried creating a new user account and assigning Admin rights? What was the reason for the reinstall? It could be file corruption causing Windows to interpret the file access problem.
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Sounds like the machine got stuck in the middle of a installation of windows. Best thing to do is to reinstall windows and let the cd format the hard drive, if it can't format the hard drive then the hard drive is bad and would need to be replaced.
reinstall CD will not help u do a clean install after formating, so u need to get a windows install CD....try piratebay.org u can get the torrent link file there for any win OS and download that, it will get u the full working version of any Win OS in google do a search "Torrent piratebay Windows XP" u also need to get/install BitTorrent software from google/internet to get the torrent link file...
the full file of WinOS say 400 - 700 mb may be a ISO file that u need to burn to a CD so that u can boot from the disk and install windows
Here's what I would do. Download and burn any Linux disk. Install Linux and delete all partitions while doing so. After that, initiate the Windows XP installation and see if that works.
This will take care of two things:
If you can install Linux, then the hard drive is good and the partition that was previously on there will be deleted (I suspect the partition is locked which can be caused by a virus or the software used to scrub hard drive).
Check your CDs for Windows (for scratches) or it could be your actual CD drive is out (laser) which would make the installation fail. If the CDrom cannot read the disk, it locks up like that during installation...even if it read before.
When you boot from the CD you will com to the point where it tell you that there is already a version of Windows XP installed. You will need ot follow the instuctions on the screen to delete the existing partion. Then and only then will it format the drive.
You need to copy the restore partitions to a cd for back up.the wipe the drive using drivescrubber.also have a start up disc for back up.wiping the drive from back to front should keep the basic files for dos.its easy and there is a free version.
connect your hard drive to other computer and then have it clean by scanning with antivirus. and then copy the important files on it to the working computer. after copying the files thats the time to return back the original hardrive to the dell dimension and then reformat and reinstall the system again again. please use original operating from dell or what ever is applicable.
Theres a problem with your driver installation.your computer is newly formated and wiyh a new harddrive but still theres a problem.check your monitor if it can support up 1024/768 pixel so that you can adjust your screen resolution to a smaller icons.also check your vga.and rollback device driver for sound device.
I had to reinstall XP like 6 months ago, on a dimensions 3000.just reinstall the drivers. here i think this is all of the drivers. just start "Dell Driver Reset Tool.EXE" and run "Sownd driver for 3000.EXE" driver for vga "Intel(R) 82865G Graphics Controller.exe" and the Ethernet driver "Intel PRO100 VE Network Connection.exe" Click Here for a zip of all the drivers.