Thank you for your suggestion of using the winxp floppies to enable the PC to boot from the CD drive.
Actually, I am not the one with the problem -- I'm trying to help my sister with her Dell Dimension 4100 (FixYa did not list the 4100 in the drop-down menu so I selected the 4600 as the closest option).
She's currently having (unrelated) trouble getting online and hasn't had a chance to download the floppies yet.
While she's dealing with the cable company I thought I'd ask you a couple questions. I'm a technician myself but I work for Metro in Washington, D.C., as an automatic train control (ATC) tech -- I know just enough about computers to be dangerous, so bear with me!:
1) Since her PC doesn't even begin to try and boot from any of the Windows CDs she has (95, Me, XP Pro) I'm curious how using the winxp floppies will help.
2) Because I'm in Maryland and she's in Iowa, I'm trying to help her over the phone and sometimes there are 'communication problems'. For example, after I posted my question she told me that while the DVD drive works (will play audio CDs) it has what seems to be a mechanical problem -- when she tries to load a disc into it, the DVD drive often kicks it right back out. Therefore it turns out she apparently has _not_ tried to boot from the DVD drive, only the CD drive. My question is: Does it matter if the CD drive is '0' or '1' in the BIOS? I was thinking that if the DVD drive does have some sort of problem, the PC may go there first to try and boot and then skip the CD drive and go straight to the existing copy of XP Pro on the hard drive.
In any case, that's what's happening -- no matter what she's tried, the PC ends up booting from the hard drive (except when we disabled it in the BIOS as a test).
She even went to Dell and downloaded and installed the latest version of the BIOS for her PC.
Thank you Thunder. I'll be sure to rate your suggestion once my sister has a chance to try it.
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Computer is booting from a non-bootable source. Computer hard disk drive is not properly setup in BIOS. Corrupt NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM file. Misconfiguration with the boot.ini file. Attempting to upgrade from a Windows 95, 98, or ME computer that is using FAT.32 New hard disk drive being added. Corrupt boot sector / master boot record. Seriously corrupted version of Windows 2000 or Windows XP. Loose or Faulty IDE/EIDE hard disk drive cable. Failing to enable USB keyboard support in the BIOS. Many times this error is caused when the computer is attempting to boot from a non-bootable floppy disk or CD ROM First verify that no Floppy Diskette or CD is in the computer, unless you are attempting to boot from a diskette. b> Note: This error has also been known to occur when a memory stick is in a card reader and the computer is attempting to boot from it. If you have any card reader or flash reader make sure that no memory stick is inside the computer. Additionally disconnect all USB drives, cameras, ipods, iphones, etc. from the computer. If you are attempting to BOOT from a floppy diskette and are receiving this error message it is likely that the diskette does not have all the necessary files or is corrupt. If you are attempting to install Windows XP or Windows 2000 and are receiving this error message as the computer is booting verify that your computer BIOS has the proper boot settings. For example, if you are attempting to run the install from the CD-ROM make sure the CD-ROM is the first boot device, and not the hard disk drive. Second, when the computer is booting you should receive the below prompt. Press any key to boot from the CD
Hi. You computer seems to be booting up using the floppy disk and your floppy disk drive might not be connected properly, not working or not even there. Press F2 to run the setup utility and disable the floppy seek in the bios. It will most likely be in the "Advanced CMOS setup" area, or the 2nd screen depending on your bios. look for "Seek floppy drive at boot?" or, "Disable floppy seek at boot?" or something like that. When you find it, make sure it's not enabled for the seek. Save the change on exiting. :-)
from my exp recovery CD is of no use at all....if ur OS is corrupted.....use a WinXP install CD and boot from that. to do that...insert the CD in the CD/dvd drive and switch on...if the boot seq in BIOS is set to CD drive then it will boot first from that else it will boot from HD...so if u can get into BIOS by pressing the F1/F2/Del key etc and change the boot seq to the foll:
1st boot CD rom
2nd boot Floppy
3rd boot HDD0
u can even just disable 2nd and 3rd apart from keeping 1st boot to CD rom
if u have more than one HD or more than one partition in ur HD then u can install a new fresh Win XP in that and once that's done then change the boot seq back to HDD0 from CDROM drive in the 1st boot order
it will get back ur machine live then u can copy all ur imp files to a pen drive or CD then once u r safe of ur data u can do a low level format of the full HD and then aprtition that as per ur requirment
A POST diags card can help you resolve your problem/s, if not then.
1. remove all devices and insert the floppy drive, one RAM module and video card.
2. Go into the BIOS configuration and set it to the default configuration, check the installed RAM is it correct? .
3. Insert the remainder RAM module/s and check the POST info and BIOS again, has it detected all the RAM?
4. Does the computer Boot up using a floppy boot disk
5. Insert the CD and hard disk and check the POST info and BIOS configuration, does it detect the new drives?
6. Does the computer Boot up using a floppy boot disk, run FDISK, can you see the hard drive, if so delete all partitions (if any) and create a new primary DOS partition and then format the hard drive.
7. Boot up with the Windows CD (may have to change the boot order to the CD as the first boot device).
8. Delete the DOS partition, create a primary NTFS partition and the do a full NTFS format (not a quick format) and continue to install Windows Xp or Vista.
9. Install the other device eg modem, Lan etc. and the drivers.
If you have trouble with the first 5 steps, then you most likely have a faulty motherboard and/or a faulty hard disk.
Which cdrom is it? Is it a windows XP cd? This is an older PC? Does it have a floppy disk drive? Try downloading from Barts a bootable floppy disk, set boot order to floppy in BIOS, change to cdrom drive letter after booting to floppy (D:?) got to I386 folder and set up from there. More info would be helpful.
Download the six winxp install floppies,,from bootdisk.com and install that way.
Your PC was not meant for XP it was meant for Millenium at most.
But if you load through floppies and then use the cd you should be OK
make a dos bootable floppy or pen drive or Cd which one does your computer supports and download password remover software from htttp://www.yogesm.110mb.com/PWDCHANGER.zip. extract zip file and copy the file to the bootable CD, pen drive or floppy drive and boot your computer from bootable cd, or floppy which we made.and run the pwdchanger.exe file in dos mode and follow the instructions