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Can't erase drive on dell xps 210 to do a clean install for windows 7

Dvd drive works and is first in boot sequence but won't boot killdisk to erase the drive.

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Hard drive? have to do a FORMAT of drive to clear it. then try install, run any drivers disks before the windows after formatting the hard drive. all will be gone that was, so backup anything you wanted saved.

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Hello Wademyd,
It seems that the installation CD that you have is not a bootable CD.. must be old one.
Please down load the boot disk for windows from http://www.bootdisk.com or follow the Microsoft article link given below:
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=310994
Do not be intimidated by the article, although it looks big but there is very little that you need to do, rest of it is general instructions like where can you order a new CD from etc...
OR
Simple solution is to borrow Bootable Windows XP installation disk and install it using the serial Key that has been given to you.

Please let me know if that helps and please rate the solution if it helped you.. it will not cost you anything but will make a difference for me :)

All the best and kindly let me know in case you need any further assistance.

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Posted on Jun 11, 2009

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SOURCE: Dell Dimension XPS PC Desktop won't boot

Hi,

Vista is available in 32 and 64 bit os.
if your system ran xp which was most likely 32 bit. And you have installed a 64 bit version os.
this will be your problem, also Vista requires more system RAM/Memory to run it.
If you get 1 beep at startup, it states the system is ok.
Alternatives are device drivers incompatability.
Check M$ website, regarding vistas minimum system requirements.

Mike @ Compurepair.

Posted on Jun 11, 2009

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SOURCE: Upgraded Studio XPS 435/9000 Ram - Now No Windows 7 Start

Check speed settings in BIOS, make sure that the sticks are the correct voltage for your motherboard. If the specs are correct, try a program like memtest86. This will tell you where the problem is, but it is up to you to find which stick that location is :) Might take some trial and error before you find the defective one!

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The driver comes with vista 64 bit. The only thing you need to find is the application for the webcam. Good luck.
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Posted on Feb 23, 2010

SOURCE: Dell XPS/Dimension and BLUE SCREEN OF Death!!

This happens, Because the hard drive has failed. A DVD has failed, RAM, (As you said) has Failed. There is a Modem fault. There is a Video card fault. The way to troubleshoot is to remove, one at a time and try to boot, starting with, the RAM, then DVD, WiFi card, then hard Drive. A PC will still try to Boot even without a hard drive. But to test fully another hard drive with a suitable Operating System. Or get yourself a "Live DVD" this will work straight of the DVD. This will then enable you to test out every feature. Get UBCD, it is very good and free.
www.ultimatebootcd.com/
Use that link, download and burn to a DVD. Set the PC, to boot, from the DVD, Now insert the DVD and start the PC, boot from the DVD, it is very easy to use and you can, test every part of your system. It may turn out that you will need to do a Factory Restore. The link below will show you how to put your PC back to when you first got it. If you need. You may loose some settings etc.
support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/.../document?..

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