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I have a dell dimension e520 and I just bought a wd 320 gb sata hdd. When I want to install xp it stops before the welcome to setup screen and it gives me a blue screen help please

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  • jhmpc09 Sep 07, 2009

    the thing is an internal sata hdd sooo.. and it stops when it says: "Windows is starting" or somethhing like that itdoesn't gve me options to format or nothing thank you for responses

  • jhmpc09 Sep 08, 2009

    bob computer where can I get thos dos sata drivers?

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The blue screen you are seeing is probably not the regular BSOD (blue screen of death)

Wat you need is the DOS SATA drivers for your adaptor on floppy or some other suitable form (USB formatted as a floppy)

I think you may have missed it but as the XP CD is booting at the bottom of the screen was a message that said "press F6 to install additional storage drivers"

You should have hit F6

In a little while it will then ask you for those drivers and you just point it at the floppy or other device set to act as a floppy.

Now it will load them and let you continue setup.

otherwise it will quite often fail as it may no know how to find the SATA drive.

Posted on Sep 07, 2009

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    Project NOMAD Sep 07, 2009

    OK in case we got the wrong end of this (which i suspect we did)



    you have done the install with no problem?

    It is only on a regular start up that this appears ?



    If this is the case you may want to try safe mode boot options and try update any drivers whilst in safe mode. You may have to restart more than once.



    Also on some BIOS there is a SATA / IDE option that allows windows to think it is seeing an IDE drive. If you have any such option switch it. This type of option is available on some dell laptops and can be the only way to get XP fully running before changing it back to true SATA



    The option name itself escapes me but at least you have a little more to go on I hope.

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Hi,

Make sure you perform a full format if you dont have dual boot, followed by continue installing windows if it stuck, let me know.

Posted on Sep 07, 2009

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    Manish Choudhary Sep 07, 2009

    Try this out..



    Restart your computer and keep tapping F9 or look at the screen.... does it tell to press a key to go to boot menu -- if it does, press that key, it may be F2,F5 and so on. The moment you go in there use up and down arrow key to choose boot menu option and make it to CD ROM(It'll guide you). After making the necessary changes save it and restart your PC with the XP/Vista disk in and after a while it'll ask you to press enter to setup...



    Hope this helps.. let me know the status if you need any more help !!



    Thanks

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Before you get to the welcome screen, select the text option to delete the selected partition, then choose to format it in NTFS (not the quick option). The problem is that the computer can't recognise the hdd in it's current form - it need formatting by Windows as above.

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