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XP Pro not installing from CD

1. My power supply died- Replaced
2. Upon bootup, now says "no operating system"
3. Set bios to start from CD
4. Tried to reinstall XP from CD
5. Program runs until after I hit enter to reinstall XP
6. Program hangs when it is analyzying the hard drive and comes back with a location/partition name on the screen and then dumps me out to the D: prompt.

Any thoughts??

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Greetings.

Check the cable that connects to the hard disk. It seems it doesnt "see the hard drive". Try to see in the bios if the hard drive was detected.

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I have a dell inspirion 560 desktop with a seagate barracuda 7200.12 500gbhard drive which failed, i replaced it with another one and its saying there is no bootable device and its hooked up just like...


1) All you need is a *bootable* Windows CD/DVD. 2) Go to your BIOS, choose First Boot device as 'CD/DVD Drive" 3) Second Boot device as HDD 4) Insert the bootable Windows CD/DVD into your CD/DVD Drive and install Windows from it.

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Drive not detected


Hello,

1. On the motherboard there is a small watch battery. Remove this battery along with the power cable from the power supply. Hold down the power button to fully discharge the system. Wait 2-3 minutes then reinstall the battery and plug in your system. Your reset is now complete

Just set the bios" safe as default mode" . I will tell you, simple way to, set BIOS .Just press F2/F10/dell and you can enter in the BIOS.



2. Some motherboards have a 3 pin jumper by the battery. Let's say that the jumper connect with pins 2 and 3. follow picture with this link
http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000235.htm

Remove the jumper while the machine is OFF and place onto pins 1 and 2. Now hold on power button on your machine for a minute. (Note: Your system will not POST). Shutdown your machine and put the jumper back to pins 2 and 3. Now your system will POST.
Your reset is now complete.

Now you switch off the pc and fit the sata /pata cable tightly. If the problem same please fit the cable as NEW if you have a spare cable. If the problem is creating same,please install a new HDD..
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We got the problem in our internal segate harddisk. when the system is on, shows the error message of Boot disk failure.


This sounds like a problem with the hard drive's MBR (Master Boot Record) If you have a windows xp disk, insert it and boot from it, make sure that your cd-rom device is set as the first in the list on your boot priority in your bios. Here are the steps for xp and vista

So how can you repair your damaged MBR? Here are the steps to follow:
1. First, restart your computer with the Windows XP setup disk in the CD drive. If you don’t have your original disk, borrow one or download a ISO image from a torrent site.
2. When prompted, boot from the CD drive by pressing any key. If Windows loads automatically, you will first have to enter the BIOS setup and change the order of the boot devices to start with the CD drive.
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3. Once the setup loads, you will see the option to press R to repair a Windows installation.
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4. Once the Recovery Console loads up, you will have to type in a number that corresponds to your Windows installation. This is normally just 1. Press Enter and then type in the Administrator password.
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5. Now at the prompt, type in fixmbr. Your damaged MBR will now be replaced with a new master boot record and your computer should now be able to boot properly. Note that you may also want to run the fixboot command to repair the boot sector with a new one.
Also, make sure you only use these commands on a system with one operating system installed. If you have more than one operating system installed, fixmbr and fixboot could mess up everything.
Fix MBR in Vista In Vista, the procedure to fix the master boot record is a bit different. You have to start up Vista in the Recovery Environment and then run the bootrec command. Here’s how.
1. First, load up the Windows Vista disc in your drive and press any key to boot from the disc.
2. Choose the language, time, currency, etc and click Next. Now click on Repair Your Computer.
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3. Choose the operating system to repair and click Next. When the System Recovery Options dialog comes up, choose the Command Prompt.
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4. Now type bootrec.exe and press Enter. This will rebuild the boot configuration data and hopefully fix your problem. You can also run the command with switches to fix just the master boot record (/fixmbr), the boot sector (/fixboot), or rebuild the entire BCD (/rebuildbcd).
If you are still having trouble with loading Windows, post a comment and I’ll see if I can help! Enjoy

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You may have set the boot priority in the CMOS. If so, enter the CMOS setup and set the priority to "boot from HDD" This may not fix your problem, but it is a start. If it still wants to boot from another source, the HDD master boot record (MBR) is corrupt, or the HDD has failed.

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Trying to install XP when disk selection comes up it reads, "Unkown disk. There is not disk in this drive". NOt sure what that means.


your drive is not being read,
have you set BIOS to boot from CD ROM,
is your CD ROM working,
is your XP CD working

Do the following
1 go to BIOS and re-set to BOOT from CD ROM
2 use another copy of XP/Win98/Vista etc to verify if CR ROM is reading the CDs else...
if you doubt CD ROM drive has a problem....
3 use a USB external CD ROM, and to do that u need to re-set the BIOS to boot from USB CD ROM

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Will not install windows xp


might cd is not valid or ur computer is not compatible
if above both things r wrong than do in this way
1) put the cd into ur drive ......,,,,,restart ur computer and than select cd-rom as first devie
2)press f10 and enter when it comes to booting from cd-rom
when windows start the set up

3)delete c drive by pressing d and then create c by pressing c

4)enter now to install window
5)it si done now after installing the window restart ur computer and select hard drive as ur first drive in bios features



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I have a HITACHI 60 gb hard disk. tried to install os but "cant find any hard disks" appears. i can see the disk in the BIOS also suse linux does not find the same. it is a toshiba laptop i am using. will...


Hi,

there are many reasons why, the computer would,nt find or see the Drive.
1:) the laptop drive, may need formatting.
2:) the drive, is not cabled correctly.
3:) the drive is faulty.

go into the bios setup, usually F2 Or esc Or Delete at setup. options sometimes appear briefly on screen. ** to enter setup press F2 Or similar**
find boot sequence or bootup order. and set the CD/DVD to become the first boot device.

Put your setup-install disk, in the dvd drive.
When rebooting the system, the computer will start a setup from CD/DVD. this will tell you that the drive is not found, or needs to be formatted. follow the on-screen options.

Finally, certain laptops only recognise, a drive of a certain size. install the original to see if this still works. Also check there are no limitation jumpers on the old-drive. ( small plastic bridging pins )

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check the connection of your hard disk, its properly conect or not
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I reformated my hard drive and I cant load windows


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1.Make sure the hard drive is installed correct and the bios found it.
2.In bios you have to put the cd/dvd as first boot and the hdd at second.
3.Load the original windows xp disk and restart saving changes in bios.
4.When prompt to pres any key do so.
5.Continue setup as new install. (if a miss one excuse as im thinking the step)
a.Enter continue
b.F8 I agree
c.d delete
d.enter sure
e.L delete
f. C create partition
g.Enter create
h.Enter Install
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Lets windows format copy some file and make a restart.
Keep windows setup all the way.
Install drivers and that it.
Let us know thanks.....Hope this help....

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