I need more information. But it sounds like your OS has critical errors, you may need to reformat the drive. Can you get to the bios menu? (first screen after power switch press an designated F key - look fast for the f key to press)
Once in bios Possible solution #1 Here is what you do in bios, if you can get to it. Go to boot order, should be under IDE devices, switch from hard drive to cd, and insert your OS cd and restart. After xp cd loads, choose format drive, quick format recommended for fast (might want to do it just in case this doesn't work), but full format takes a very long time and is more thorough.
Possible solution #2 (try this first!) Look on your OS cd for damage on the cd! If it is damaged, you may need to replace it
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not sure about gx150, thought there was a connector? is the drive in an encloser case with a port? sometimes drives are sold without a case which has the socket. the drive itself is sometimes bare...i am just guessing at a possilbe reason why you cannot find a connection.
Hmmm--when you went into the BIOS setup, your first boot device should be CD. The next your hard drive. The other boot devices should be set to disabled. Now if you have a third boot device as a network device, then your computer is not seeing the CD or the Hard drive--you have a problem. If all the drives are hooked up properly (sounds like you have that covered) then your motherboard is probably the problem. I would try to disconnect all your stuff except the CD. Try it on the first IDE channel (set it either as cable select or master). If that fails, try it on the other channel. Do you have a second CD to swap out? Still no boot? Bad motherboard.
If it is booting to normal mode, click start - run and type msconfig.
Click on Boot.ini tab and Check Safeboot. Click Apply and Close or OK. It will restart the computer to safe mode. Remember to uncheck Safeboot to make the computer to boot in normal mode again.
Try to boot the PC without the XP Home CD in the CD drive, and
keep pressing the F8 key until it comes up with a boot menu that
includes a Safe Mode option.
If you had the XP Pro CD I'd suggest doing a recovery, but XP Home doesn't have that option I don't think.
You may have to try a few times until the boot menu appears. Don't hold the F8 key down - keep pressing it!
When you get into Safe Mode, right click on My Computer and choose
Properties. Then go to Hardware tab (i think - not in winXP right now)
and choose device manager. Just remove the Video Card from the list
altogether, and then restart. Should force it to use generic video card
then check your video card model and look for the updated driver
I have experienced this problem as well, it is either the CD is scratch
or the CD-rom lens needs cleaning, however it can read the content of
the CD, I would susgest you try a another CD-rom ,
borrow it from a friend. It works for me.
try going to the bios by pressing f2 or delete key on the keyboard at the dell logo.
if you are able to enter the system setup screen, reset the bios.
to reset the bios, press num lock, caps lock and scroll lock so that all 3 lights on the keyboard are on.
press alt + e and alt + f keys.
press esc twice
then select save changes and exit.
also try booting through the safe mode by hiiting f8 on the dell logo.
you can also try booting through the dell resource cd or win xp cd.