Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Los Angeles
: Win XP
Re: Dell Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for Setup utility error
Thanks for the reply Craig. Yes the hard drive was removed for a new
one and the EIDE cables were changed 3 times to make sure that I didnt
have any defective ones. The jumper settings were left on cable select
(old hard drive AND new).
I hate problems I can't solve so I used my other computer that I KNOW
works. I installed the NEW hard drive in my other computer and
installed Windows XP Professional just to see if I purchased a bad hard
drive. It detected it, formated it, and I test installed it. Less than
an hour later, Windows XP was running on it NO PROBLEM. I removed the
hard drive and installed it BACK IN THE PROBLEM COMPUTER. Still got the
error message but I did the Alt-Tab-F to let it detect the IDE
Configuration again. I also went into the BIOS settings and configured
it in there as well.
WOO HOO! It detected it and it went to the Windows XP slash screen.
Then I got the Blue Screen of Death and I was NEVER SO HAPPY TO SEE
IT!!!!! That meant that the drive was finally friggin being recognized
by the system BIOS/Motherboard. If any of you didn't know, you
typically get a BSoD if you don't do a reapir install of XP or a clean
install if you have a hard drive that had a prior install from another
I then started putting back the components one by one (2nd stick of RAM,
CD Drive, Floppy Drive, PCI Cards, etc.) and configured the BIOS for
each of it. IT ultimately ended up working and I got to the XP Desktop.
FYI: I honestly think that the BIOS "Hard Locked" and was stuck in
that crazy loop. It probably happened when the first drive died while
it was trying to boot. I took a chance and tried to get a fully
formatted hard disk into it to break the cycle and luckily it worked!
If any of you techs ever get into this situation, try the procedures that I did and it may help you.
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