I need to install XP Pro, Unbutu, Mandriva and Vista on the same laptop. The problem is as I need to keep the Dell Media Direct Software I was costrect to prepare the hard drive with the Media Direct first and install XP Pro after, but for the rest of the above OS's what is the bet way (I mean witch first)?
I need those OS's to get more accostumised.
Thank you in advance for your help.
My Laptop is:
Dell Inspiron 6400
Intel Core 2 T7200 2GHz
4GB 667MHz Ram
Fujitzu 320GB Sata Hard Drive
(Partitions: 47mb FAT Dell startup, 195.31GB NTFS XP Pro, 100.73GB unpartitioned, 2.01GB Fat32 Logical Dell Media Direct)
TSSTCorp TS-L532U DVD-RW Drive
Ati Radeon Mobility x1400 256Mb Ram
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Since XP was reinstalled and the HDD was not prepped with the Media Direct CD before XP install Media direct will not work. You can purchase a Dell Media Center CD on ebay for about $20
I also found a Media Direct CD for a Newer Model, so I'm not sure it would work on yours. Media Direct requires that the HDD be formatted with Media Direct and then the XP installation, Driveras and applications, then install of Media Direct SW. Once done in that manner, you should be able to boot to Media Direct to play a DVD (To be honest, I never found the Media Direct function that useful)
Did you do an upgrade or new install? Did you check the system requirements first to see if you could upgrade to Vista? This could all play a part in why it does not boot up. I suggest you reinstall windows XP again.
Normally what you actually get along with the hardware is an oem licensed software. So if what you have is for xp then i regret to inform you that you will be needing a different software that you may need to purchase. Now, if you are open for a different software aside from roxio, what you could do is go to filehippo.com and search for cdburner xp pro which is compatible with vista.
This is a known problem my friend... The Dell Media Direct Software requires a different partition to work (except version 4.0) so here is what you need to do... You need to boot using the Dell Media Direct Disk n let it create a partition for itself... then go about reinstalling your OS n then once the OS is installed then pop the Dell Media Direct disk back in again n complete the installation....
2.Insert the reinstallation media (Dell Media Direct CD/DVD) into the CD/DVD drive, then restart the computer.
3. press F12 when the bios page comes up and then select CD/DVD drive from the boot menu.
"Option 1" from the menu if you wish to use all of the hard drive for you operating system installation. This is the most common selection and how is your computer was originally shipped to you, unless you specified an operating system partition size at the time you ordered you computer.
"Option 2" to designate a size for your operating system and have a data partition. This allows you to specify a size for the operating system partittion, leaving the remainder, of the hard drive configured as a "data" partition ("D")
4. Once you have prepared the drive and you have returned to the main recovery menu, remove the installation media and replace it with you operating system reinstallation media. Select the option to reboot your computer. If your computer does not automatically start the media, press <F12> to access the boot menu and select the Cd/DVD boot option.
5.Install your operating system, select the Primary partition when prompted. If you have two hard drives, select the primary partition on the same disk where hte media direct partition resides. Once the OS is installed and the necessary drivers are installed you can begin the reinstallation of the dell mediaDirect software.
The laptop won’t POST after removing the memory? Sounds like the memory module (s) need to be reseated again. Removing memory will not reset the laptop. If you want to install a clean Windows XP load, you need to boot from the Windows CD and format the hard drive. Fell free to contact me if you need futher assistance. Your responses are intended to improve the level of service provided. Please rate this solution. Thank You.