I tried to install XP on my Dell inspirion which has come with vista pre loaded. I booted with the XP cd and at the installation screen, there was an error that says" there is no harddisk to install the os, please connect to the system...." something like this.
how to solve this. when my laptop has 160 gb hdd why is it not showing?
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Installing Windows 98, is you need a start-up disk (floppy disk) first before you can use the Windows 98 cd. The start-up disk will perform the partitioning and formatting of the HD...doing this, you have to boot from floppy drive first---after partitioning and formatting, you have change again the boot sequence to boot from cd then you can start the installation of Windows 98.
burn the ISO disc and boot from cd rom and get it repair it automatically.
if you want to installed windows XP or 98;the reason why your hard disk could not be detected is your hard drive is SATA. disable any sata setting in your BIOS IDE configuration( if setting is not available then download SATA driver and Nlite ;make a bootable windows xp disc with SATA driver pre installed . this is solve your problem
your harddisk is not detected in bios.reconnect your harddisk power cable and sata or ide cable again.then check in bios harddisk is detect or not.
u cna enter in bios with "del" key when u power up ther computer prerss "del" or F2 keyh to enter in bios.
It sounds like the hard drive went bad. Can you see the hard drive in the bios at all? When you try and boot the computer does it say drive not found? Try booting from the vista cd and see if you can start a new installation. If you can do the intallation the drive is ok. If not the hard drive is bad.
windows xp cannot be installed on a system with pre loaded vista . because the boot loader of xp is older than vista as it cannot create boot loader . the order of installing operating systems is from LOWER 2 HIGHER ie XP to VISTA . first of all u nedd to format drive containing vista and then try installing xp
Sounds like you need to boot from the disk.Put the windows XP disk in the cd rom turn the computer off then turn it back on.The computer should see the disk and boot from it.Follow the prompts.You cannot downgrade if you are trying to run the installer after you computer has already booted,but you can load the operating system if the computer BOOTS from the XP disk.
Well, I'm amazed a C640 runs Vista at all.
There's no reason to buy a new hard drive, except for the novenlty of having one loaded with Vista on a C640.
It's a great laptop, and runs Windows XP PRo perfectly well.
If you have one od the Dell XP install disks, just boot from it, and whenever it finds the vista install, hit excape, then at the next screen hit "D" to delete the partition, then choose "quick format", and load the Operation system.
If you need an install disk,let me know.
I bought a cheap Compaq laptop that came with Vista Home Premium. The speed was horrendous! Anyway, I received the same no hard drive found error. To solve the problem, I went into the system config (BIOS) by pressing F10 on startup, and turned off SATA hard drive support (its supposed to make the hard drive run faster), I rebooted, inserted my Win XP Pro disc and viola, it detected the hard drive. I would say that the laptop runs a good 40% faster than before. Vista is a big no no when it comes to low end laptops built for word processing and internet browsing.