I took out the HDD and put it into a toshiba laptop and formatted it and then loaded xp onto it. Starts fine in the Toshiba but not in the Dell. 1. Still asks if I want to fun windows 2000 or XP Pro 2. After choosing XP Pro it asks me for different safe modes 3. After trying all the options, the same thing happens each time. The computer shuts off and I start all over again.
What is different between the Toshiba and the Dell C400 that is stopping XP from running?
P.S. Have not loaded the Dell c400 drivers yet as the computer won't start
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Re: dell c400 upgraded to xp now it won't boot up
Its not gonna work, unfortunately. You cannot load it on a machine then take that drive out and put it on another. SOMETIMES this can work but only if the chipsets are the same or "similar" .. But what %'age of similiarity is required is ... well .. a mystery
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If you're tryng to format the HDD on a Dell latitude C400 (or install an OS), this thing will not boot to any USB devices (flash drives, pen drives, external USB cd-rom drives, etc.) - just ain't gonna happen since the BIOS doesn't support such boot devices. The only thing it'll boot to is (1) docking station, and (2) a Media Bay optical drive.
try other known good windows installer. if it boot, then the problem is in xp installer, if it not. try other external cd-rom drive. also be sure the disc rom drive are dvd rom drive because a cd rom drive cannot read dvd disc but a dvd rom drive can read cd rom disc installer
This laptop will not give you an option to boot from a usb device or even from an external cd rom/dvd. You need to do a network install only for this particular model DEll c400. It is a long process and requires some skill of setting up a RIS server. You will also need a switch or hub to connect your laptop to it. Once your server is setup with dns, dhcp and ris you need to do a network boot and install the os. Get in touch with a professional to do it if your not familiar with this. I tried calling dell as i had a similar issue and they couldnt help me over the phone so they sent over a technician. Technician tried in vbain including removing my hdd and installing the os on his laptop and then putting the hard drive back into mine. It still didnt work. I then researched the net and figured out the only way to do it was via a remote installation.
If you already have an USB flas bootable with XP on it, plug in into the laptop, and when the laptop starts, press F12. Then you should select that the computer should boot from USB. If this won't work, try to attach an external DVD\cd unit.
put winxp cd in tray at boot up press F12 - right-arroweto CD icon --> Enter winxp should go into install you'll probably need a version of winxp that can recognize Sata hdd. or hae sata drivers handy.
The system is in a reboot loop. Possible causes are:
Corrupt installation of Windows
Bad Hard Drive
Try booting to the Windows XP CD, see if you can access recovery console and run CHKDSK /R If that doesn't resolve, boot to the resource CD, and run diagnostics on the HDD
If you can't, boot to the XP CD or Resource CD, try removing the HDD and booting to the CD. If the system boots then, the HDD is most likely bad.
If you can't boot to any device, try RAM modules individually, see if system boots with only 1 module installed. If no change, then motherboard is bad. On a system this age, I do not recommend replacing a motherboard as it is not cost effective
hi, i have dell c400 laptop, its to much simple to install xp first you just take out hdd from laptop plug in tht hdd in desktop pc by external usb box now u just start windows 98 setup in it when it started first format ur drive then install it when windows 98 setup files copies to 100%. machine need to restart u just plug out the hdd and plug in back to laptop now the setup will remain start in ur laptop and when the installation complete u just upgrade ur windows from 98 to xp by intalling xp from external drive on OPERATING SYSTEM OF 98 WINDOWS NOW WAT U SAY??? ITS TO MUCH SIMPLE just try once
Did you sysprep the system?
You should only load the drivers that are needed to make the system run the basics. Don't worry about the network card unless you wish to install windows updates. I recommend just installing the OEM version of XP and modifying the registry to add drivers.
HKLM Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion "DevicePath"
Leave whatever is in there and add all the drivers to that folder. Make sure to include the motherboard drivers for the Dell laptop followed by all the other drivers. Some drivers will contain sub folders and you need to specify those as well spaced out by semi colons. This should be all pasted in the devise path and it should look similar to this.
%SystemRoot%\inf;c:\dell_drivers\C400\Audio;c:\dell_drivers\C400\Video;c:\dell_drivers\C400\Video\XP_32; ect ect ect... if there sub folders in the drivers that are zipped, unzip them to the directories that you created on the root of C.
Once you have finished downloading all the drivers and modified the DevicePath registry key then download SysPrep from microsofts website and select Mini Setup and Shut down check boxes. Once the system shuts down then put the drive into the other laptop.
The system will be setup to install XP on the C400 with the drivers you included from the registry and the paths you pointed them to pole. On newer systems with Sata drives and other specific types of hardware like RAID you will need the hardware ID and adding that to the answer file for sysprep but that is way more complicated! For a DellC400 you will not need to do that.