I have XPS 600, original system was win. xp media center, i just decided to format hdd and get windows xp sp3. After trying to install new system i noticed that no hdd was recognized by windows intatallation cd. After serching in google i have managed to sort this out and get right drivers for my motherboard and installed xp.
After having a hope that everything is fine, i just noticed that windows is not booting. It start to boot, i can see xp booting screen, but then its restarting back and on and on again.
My friend told me that it might be BIOS settings problem and adviced to set ATA option in it... but there is no such option in xps 600 BIOS, cos there are old machines.
Can someone help me please becouse i'm stuck.
I can intall windows vista but i dont know is that gonna help, and i preffere my old xp pro.
I have a problem thats quite odd...im tryint to install the windows 7 ultimate on my desktop but in the bios it doesn't let me chose to boot from CD or HDD or Floppy it only says boot from sata hard drive or IDE hard drive or usb flash drive or usb disc drive but nothing about cd or dvd rom..all my other computers have it and this one doesn't..anybody knows what to do?...gladly appreciated.
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Re: dell xps 600 windows booting problem
You would probably do right to reinstall Windows. The bios handed off to Windows long before the splash screen comes up. It is probably a faulty driver or corrupt registry entry. If it was me I would reload Windows
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Not sure what you are trying to do. If you are trying to convert 32 bit to 64 bit Apps, try going to manufacturers website to look for drivers.
Win 7 will actually find the best drivers for your devices.
Have you tried a factory restore? It will wipe out everything and set it back to the condition it came in when perchased. You should get the choice to system restore when you restart your computer. Watch at the bottom of the screen and you will get a choice of "F" buttons to press. One will say somthing like F10-System Restore. When you see which one it is press that F key a few times and it will walk you through a restore.
installing the secondary harddisk may cause to slow the system as to install first change up the ram and then partations of hard disk may be done while formatting so u can store what ever accessarioes u need
Don't press F12, that tells the Dell to restore Windows from a hidden partition located on the original hard drive. Since you are using a new drive, you need to boot from the Windows XP CD and follow the instruction to load the operating system.
Hi. the mother board seems to be having some initialization issues during boot up. this is common when the mother board is failing. i would check to make sure the battery on this board is working. if it is, the board my be ruined. power board seems to be fine. please rate and god bless.
If HDD makes shshshsh.... or spinning sound or generates heat, your HDD might be ok. Next Try with XP sp2 cd. If it again cant detect HDD, go to BIOS setting and watch if the HDD is showing it's status. If Bios can not detect HDD check HDD cable and power cable inserted in HDD. Replace them if needed. Format the HDD with another PC. If you still have problem replace HDD with new one. One thing you might use your corrupted HDD as a slave drive later, i hope.
I have the exact same system you have and have the same problem. Dell quit supporting that system as far as updates to drivers and BIOS updates before SATA drives became readily available.
The short answer is there is no way to boot to a SATA drive on that system that I have been able to discover. The BIOS does not recognize it as a bootable device.
What you can do is boot to a regular IDE (PATA) drive, install the driver for the SATA drive and Windows will recognize it. Place your Page file on the new drive and all your applications and data on the new drive.
It is not ideal, but I have managed to move the majority of files to the new drive and it runs quite well. You have to be diligent about installing new software to the new drive instead of the IDE drive.
There is a program you can buy for about $15 that will help you move applications that insist on installing to the boot drive called App Mover. I tried the free trial and it works quite well.
Possible reasons for random rebooting: 1. CPU Fan/Heatsink is loose Restarting due to Overheat Prevention. Im guessing the processor is LGA775. if u can open up the case and see if any of the four plugs and sockets has come loose, then that might be it.
2. Not Enougth power from PSU (Power Supply Unit). if it was built for gaming im explecting a PSU of at least 750Watts
3. Harware malfunction. When booting up, any error beeps?
4. Software error. Before logging in a user account, leave the computer on for a while if nothing happens then most likely be OS problem.