I am trying to format the system ... i am not able to go to the bios setting even tough i have inserted the installation CD. The exceptional think which we are having is we have the CD drive which is connected through USB
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If you set the boot order to USB first boot device and HD second. Insert USB and boot from there. It should find your HD and then you can install your OS. Another system for a different laptop will not work!
Go into the Bios or Setup. When you press the power button look for the key that it says to hit to get into the Bios or System Setup. Hit that key. Look for AHCI in the bios and change the setting. Maybe set it to SATA or something, but change it. Then try reloading your operating system.
All you need to do is put the operating system disk in the drive and let it do the rest. It will delete the old partition and format the drive for you if you tell it to. Actually you just want one big contiguous partition which is the easiest way so if you have multiple partitions delete them and let it install into one big contiguous partition.
To format you will need:
Operating Systems (OS) CD/DVD
1) Enter the BIOS when the laptop boots by pressing the Delete key repeatedly.
2) Once the BIOS is open locate the boot disk priority and set prioity 1 to the CD/DVD drive, set priority 2 to the laptop's hard drive.
3) Save changes to the BIOS and exit. The system should now reboot.
4) Insert your OS CD/DVD.
5) Press Enter when the system asks you if you want to boot from the CD/DVD.
6) The OS setup should now start, the first thing it will ask you to do is format your hard drive.
7) After you drive is formatted you can either continue with the setup and install a fresh copy of the OS or you can exit leaving the main drive clean.
1) Insert the new hard drive.
2) Press the F8 key as the laptop boots. This will take you into the BIOS.
3) Locate the disk drive priority setting in the bios.
4) Set Priority 1 to your CD/DVD drive and priority 2 to the 320GB hard drive.
5) Save settings and exit the BIOS. This should reboot your laptop.
6) Insert the Windows XP CD.
7) It should not start the setup as it recognises the CD.
8) I will recommend that you format the drive before you install, go along with the format (make sure it does a full format).
9) After the format it will reboot your system.
10) You will be prompted with a message like "Press any key to boot form CD", DON'T press anything otherwise it will start all over again.
11) Now it should start the install. Follow the on-screen instructions.
Make first boot device as your CD ROM by entering in to the BIOS -- > Boot Device Priority. To enter into BIOS either try F2, DEL, F10. then after insert the CD in to the drive and then you can notice this on a black screen " Press any key to boot from the CD" then press Enter or any key and then follow the instructions as suggested on the Setup of Windows XP . Now you can format your laptop.
Insert the new hard drive in your laptop, boot up and go into the BIOS. Check if the hard disk setting is set to Auto (detect). Check the system configuration and see if it detects the hard disk. If there is a hard disk diagnostic utility within the BIOS, run it to check the hard disk. You can also test the hard disk by booting up with a boot floppy disk, run fdisk.exe to see if can display, create a partition, and format the hard drive etc.
If not of this works then it is highly possible that you have a faulty disk controller in your laptop.
Power on passwords are tough, but if you can get into the BIOS and set or make sure that your CD/DVD ROM drive is set before your IDE hard drive then you should be able to boot from a Windows installation CD, format the hard drive, and preform a clean install and start fresh. Otherwise personally I know of no way of hacking/recovering a Power on password, I don't even think removing the BIOS battery will do it as I believe it's stored in non volatile memory. But if not, removing the BIOS battery would be a last resort. Good Luck though.