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Xp format problem

I have a dell dimension desktop 2400..it had a windows home edition on it before and i wanted to upgrade it to xp pro so i formatted it..well now the problem is tha i should have chosen the option to upgrade when it prompts but i chose a new install instead which made it have both operating systems on one partition and also after formatting when i go to my network places and click view network connections it shows the icon with two monitors attached with a red x and says device is missing ...so now i cant connect to the internet..

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  • salman800 Feb 14, 2008

    i tried to delete the partition and create a new one but it says i cant delete it cause it has temp files which xp needs or something and the other thing is when i reboot it does ask me which version i wanna run as in home or xp but when i click home it gives error saying theres a configuration error and in xp pro when i run it i cant connect to the net like i told you guys b4

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What is the problem in my computer, if my computer is always shotting down if try to use it or fixed it?

Posted on Feb 20, 2008

Actually, this same thing pretty much happened to me last night. i reformatted and now i cant go online. my "network adaptors" isnt recognized and i have no LAN setting. also, when i try to retrieve my ip address it doesnt work. i guess with this model (dimension 2400), the ethernet is actually integrated into the mother board. im trying to get it fixed but things arent looking good. computers arent supposed to break when you reformat. any suggestions?

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Try to boot using the XP cd, then delete all the partitions and create a new one for a fresh installation.

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Assuming that you have both XP's on the drive, when it boots up, have you selected and tested both? OR

Did you format the entire drive and wipe the old system off, replacing it with the new install?

The simplest why to fix is to boot up on the Pro CD and format the entire drive and install new system. It sounds like your old info may still be there, but you can't get to it. Try the different boot option and burn your desired data to keep to a cd, then do the simplest. Don't worry about the system drivers, you can recover them from the restore cd or download them from the Dell.
The Pro XP will be able to recover your system enough to get the drivers on line.

No big deal, just time consuming.

Good Luck

Posted on Feb 14, 2008

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