Are you replacing or adding?
If you are adding a hard drive as slave read the following if not skip down to "Replacing"
-Make sure your hdd jumpers are set to either slave or cs (Cable Select)
-Go into your BIOS (normally f2 when you turn on power) and make sure the old Hard Drive (The one with windows installed) is on the top or first to boot in the boot priority menu.
Now restart and see if it works
1. Find your Operating System install CD (Windows)
2. make sure power is off and plug in back is pulled when you are working on the inside of and computer
3. Replace Hard Drive making sure the jumper is set to either Master or CS (Cable Select)
4. Plug computer in and turn on power
5. Insert Windows/OS CD
6. If it doesnt detect the CD try restarting, if it still doesnt detect it go into the BIOS (normally f2 when you turn on power) and make sure the boot priority allows CD to go first.
7. Install windows
8. Install Drivers (if the installation disk didnt already)
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Re: TRYING TO INSTALL IN A DELL DIMIENSION L800R
First let the motherboard detect your hardisk, if the motherboard detects your hardisk, that means that your hardisk is just ok, then pull out the memory of your mobo and clean it out with a pencil eraser, then turn on your computer, if the problem still the same, pull out the processor also and clean it with a pencil eraser also, and insert back the processor to its proper place, then turn on your computer, if the problem is still the same, just repair or reformat your hardisk by using a windows installer, and make a backup of your files that are important. hope this help
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The Dell Inspiron 1100 is a laptop whereas the Dell Dimension 2400 is a desktop pc.
The hard drives are incompatible because they are a different size, plus the Inspiron only supports one hard drive so you can't install a slave device. The only way to increase hard disk space is to buy a large capacity internal IDE laptop drive or an external hard drive.
I didn't understand the first sentence but if you can't even start windows 7 cd then there is a hardware issue (most likely not hdd unless it hangs when it is trying to detect the hard drive) as all the software is on the cd vs reading from the hard drive, if you get to the hard drive and 7 sees it but fails on install then hdd is bad, try finding something called bart pe it's a boot disk you can run windows off of the disk and test the hard drive using western digital diagnostics utility. even more rare you may have a dirty lens in the dvd-rom. there are alot of possiblities.
ok go into your bios and load default settings.
set your cd-rm as your first boot device. then HDD.
save settings and exit. allow unit to reboot.
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Hi, There are a number of reasons why XP won't install or hangs halfway through the install process. The main culprits are bad sectors on the hard drive. Poorly seated or faulty system memory and of course scratched CD or a dirty optical lens.
You are going to have to go through this troubleshooting process to determine what the problem is and what you have to do to resolve the problem.
Start by cleaning the install disk and the optical lens, remove and clean the system memory and the slots, check the cables and then try to reinstall.
If you run into the same problem i would be suspecting the hard drive. As far as i know Dell have their own utility.
Turn on the computer. When the DELL™ logo appears, press <F12>
immediately. If you wait too long and the Microsoft® Windows® logo
appears, continue to wait until you see the Windows desktop. Then shut
down your computer and try again.
When the boot device list appears, highlight Diagnostics and press <Enter>. If you don't have the Dell Diagnostics Utility on the computer then something like Hiren's boot CD will be able to check the drive for errors in the hard disk tools section.
try to go to bios and load bios defaults, esc then save and exit. boot from the cdrom by, tapping on F12 at dell screen. at boot menu screen, choose cdrom, press enter, when you see the message, PRESS ANY KEY T5O BOOT TO CDROM, hit any immediately, that should allow you to install xp directly from the cdrom.
If you mean you need to install windows, you need to set your cdrom drive as first boot device in advanced bios settings or it will try to boot into a non-existent windows.
Make sure your hdd is showing as the master drive, save settings and exit bios.
Re-boot pc with windows disc in cd drive and hit enter when prompted to boot from cd.