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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First, be sure you have your genuine copy of Windows XP
-if not, you can contact Dell and ask them a copy of it
1)insert the XP disc on the drive then turn off the computer
2)Turn on again the computer and once you press the power button, keep on tapping on F12
3)You should be seeing the Boot Options. Select CD/DVD and keep on tapping on ENTER once you see the message: "press any key to boot from CD/DVD"
4)if you have done it succesfully, you should see a loading bar that says, Setup is loading files.
5)wait for it to load and Just follow the steps on this link:
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.
First of all, you need the password. If the password was set in the BIOS, you'll have to take it to a Tech for disassembly so they can reset the password from the motherboard jumper set. If it's a Windows password for windows logon, Boot from the Windows CD and run FDISK to format and wipe the Hard drive for a New Windows Installation. You'll need to "Partition" the Hard Disk for Multiple Operating Systems.
If Vista is running, Login and goto Control Panel. Select Help and enter "Multiple Operating Systems" in the Search box. The information you need is there for Vista.
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.
The reason why xp does not see the hard drive durin setup is the ahci option enabled in the bios. you need to change the option to ata. to do that power on the system and tap f2 at the dell logo. in the bios change the stat operations to ata. the option most likely is listed under drivers. you may also have to disble flash cache from the bios. once the option is disabled hit esc and save and exit. boot from the XP cd and run the setup. at the partations screen delete the c drive and partation it according to the size you need for xp and leave the rest for vista. install XP and the drivers from support.dell.com. After XP is ready to use put in the Vista DVD once in XP and install Vista on the unpartationed space left from the c drive.
Dear Sir, Have Dell laptop Inspiron 1525 with Vista loaded....but I need Win XP-2 OS on it...CD of which I have but don't have the laptop drivers compatible with XP. Can you pls guide me how & where to find these drivers....Dell does'nt have those drivers anymore (outdated) Pls...
If you did a clean install of Windows XP Vista has nothing to do with this problem.
I infrequently have problems with Dell drivers not working but when I do its because I've installed the wrong ones. I have gone down the wrong troubleshooting path several times because the driver said it installed correctly.....
I noticed that when you go to the Inspiron 6400/E1505 download page (http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/index.aspx?) you have the choice of selecting drivers from lots of OS versions including both 32 or 64 bit versions of XP. I would verify that you have the write driver versions and try again.
Another alternative is using the drivers and tools CD that typically comes with a Dell. You can run that and it should have XP drivers. If you don't have the disk you can also try getting the network card running, connect to the Dell site and running their driver ID wizard to ID the drivers you need.
Let us know if you have any other questions and please don?t forget to rate this post.