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Ensure the disk and ROM compatibility. check the CD/DVD in other drive and vice versa (another CD/DVD in PC CD/DVD ROM. then ensure the booting sequence in BIOS setup. if every thing is ok and fine then the problem is with your CD/DVD ROM.
Place your system disk in the CD/DVD Rom tray. Power up the desktop and boot from the CD/DVD Rom. Follow the prompts and use the Replace System choice in the menu.
If it won't boot from the DVD/CD Rom, Enter the BIOS menu and set the first boot device as CD/DVD Rom then try again. When installed, download the latest drivers from Dell.com. That will ensure that you have the very latest tried and tested drivers. Hope that helps.
When in doubt do without, that is remove the new hard drive cable and power, remove the DVD drive and try loading booting the XP from just this CD device. Enter the BIOS and check if the system sees the device. If it's not found in the BIOS then you'll never boot anything. Address it as the Primary device on the cable (I don't use CS) and see if the BIOS sees it.
If you get CD device seen in the BIOS then try to boot the CD in it. If it boots then power off and connect up your 40gb drive (optioned as Primary) on the other cable. Now power on as check the BIOS for the drive and the DVD device. If both are seen then boot the cd and try to load XP. After it's up and running install the other CD device as a Slave on one of the cables.
O.k. so I gather your trying to reinstall windows. There's a few possible solutions the first of which is to reseat all connections checking for dust or anything else which might be between the connections. Second is to check your bios (by hitting usually f1,f2,f10,f11, or delete or esc keys) and making sure its set to boot from your cd\dvd rom. Also make sure your cd\dvd isn't scratched or dirty. If those fail try another CD\DVD rom drive to make sure it is the drive that has the issue. Don't be so quick to trash good hardware ;) good luck
when the pc in post usually on dells bios there is a boot menu option it is usually f12 if you don't know what your doing in the bios it is not a good place to test your skills after pressing F12 just choose cd rom for boot