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Dell dimension 5100 original partitions have been wiped .. Now need to reinstall xp . I can not. Selected boot device not available. can not do ctrl-f11 anymore of course btw just in case you were thinking about that. Wanted to dual boot with linux. Now stuck. Thanks for your help. javascript:;

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  • tech_gal822 Nov 14, 2009

    Hello, thanks for your response. I tried that before I posted unfortunately.

    "Insert the Windows XP Operating system Disk.
    Restart the computer and start Tapping the F12 key, It will give you the boot options.
    Select to boot from CD/DVD-Rom
    When prompted press any key to boot from CD-Rom
    Once the computer is booted from CD, follow the instructions to install the Operating system.
    Note: You can also go to BIOS (by pressing F2 or Delete) and change the boot device to CD-ROM"

    The CD is set as boot device
    error now reads with reinstallation Cd from dell in cdrom
    "Selected boot device not available
    Strike f1 to retry boot f2 for setup utility"

  • tech_gal822 Nov 15, 2009

    I am using two cd drives.

    -have you checked the OS disk on both the drives. Please confirm

    by os disk do you mean whether both are set to masters by jumper You want me to check manufacturers settings for both drives for jumpers to make sure?

  • tech_gal822 Nov 15, 2009

    Oh yeah using one sata drive formatted ntfs

  • tech_gal822 Nov 15, 2009

    OK checked and top cd was set at cable select - changed to master.
    removed other cd for now
    same error as before

    "Selected boot device not available Strike f1 to retry boot f2 for setup utility"

  • tech_gal822 Nov 15, 2009

    Arrgh thanks for the help. I swopped out the drives again this time making the other drive the master and now it works!!
    The cd burner is now the master and the dvd drive is the slave... missed that.

    Thanks for walking me through!

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If you are getting message the message "selected boot device not available" that is because you have do not have a bootable HDD (Hard Disk). Please do the following:

Insert the Windows XP Operating system Disk.
Restart the computer and start Tapping the F12 key, It will give you the boot options.
Select to boot from CD/DVD-Rom
When prompted press any key to boot from CD-Rom
Once the computer is booted from CD, follow the instructions to install the Operating system.
Note: You can also go to BIOS (by pressing F2 or Delete) and change the boot device to CD-ROM

Once you finish installing the Windows Operating system. You can go ahead with installation of your Linux Operating system. After you finish Installing Linux you will get the option in GRUB to select the Operating systems.

If you have already installed Linux and want to install the Windows, Follow the same procedure but it will directly boot Windows after you finish Installing Windows. You will have to write the GRUB again for your Linux system.

Please get back for any further assistance.

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  • Laxman Bisht
    Laxman Bisht Nov 14, 2009

    Hi,

    Thank you for your comments. In that case could you please confirm if you are using multiple drives. If you are using 2 CD/DVD drives, have you checked the OS disk on both the drives. Please confirm.


  • Laxman Bisht
    Laxman Bisht Nov 15, 2009

    Hi,

    Thank you for your comments and I am happy to hear that your issue is resolved. I appreciate your efforts.

    Thank you for choosing Fixya


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