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How do, I have a T21 & have big probs. System full of viruses or other. The kids fouled it up I think, I don't want to blame anybody. I have a new windows XP OS cd & when I drop it in the drivr I hear it spin for a few secs. It stops & nothing. Seems the CD Drive is not working. I am a cave man when it comes to this stuff! Can you help me! regards.

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Hi there...maybe i have solution....when you restart your T21 you may see at first loading you must press F8 after a minute windows will give you some choice...better you chose " start last known good configuration.." press ENTER .your OS automatically back with last configuration that you have been work before. after you can entering main windows try to scan you T21 with update anti virus that you have..i recommenedyou can use norton 2008 .

if it doesn't work press "Ctrl+Alt+Del" at the same time system will reboot again and press F8 you can chose another "Start Windows Normally " and scan you T21 with anti virus...good luck sir..

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Hi there
What you have to do is enter the bios, strike F2 on boot up and change the boot order to the CD/DVD drive, save changes and exit, make sure the CD is in the drive at the time.
When the machine restarts it should now boot from the CD and you can proceed with the clean install

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Put your Windows XP disk in the drive then restart the system. If it is the original disk it and you are just trying to restore the system to Factory Original, It will start from the disk and ask you what you would like to do to restore system.

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