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Optiplex 330 machine boots, passes all diag. starts to load oper.sys.(xp pro) and locks up. Reinstall cd doesnt help. I do not have a floppy drive, can I download something on another pc?

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You may have a bad hard drive. Hard drives tend to fault after three years of use. I would recommend replacing the hard drive, and installing windows 7 if you want to continue using this hardware, or better yet, just invest into a new desktop PC.

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Sounds like you have a defective peripheral. Disconnect everything except the hard drive, memory, and monitor and see if it boots. If it does then one of the disconnected items is at fault. If you have multiple memory sticks, just go with one at a time and see what happens.

Unless reinstall disk is defective it should work unless there is a hardware issue.

Posted on Apr 16, 2014

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disable the harddrive in the bios and set the cd to 1 boot.Check sometimes there are 2 cd drive .Cd-rom and the number or model of the dvd drive...

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