I can't reinstall windows xp by cd on my dimension 4600. I've tried several different discs, keyboards and even a external drive. The old windows xp has been wiped out but the new failed to completely install. Now I'm left with the F1 and F2 options leading me in circles. Anyone have a clue??????????
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Re: Can't reboot windows cd on with cd drives
If you have it available, boot to the Dell DImension Resource CD and run the diagnostics on the hard drive. From the description of you problem, you may have a failing hard drive.
Other things to check:
1. Ensure the system BIOS (F2 at boot) sees the hard drive and has the correct date and time. If the motherboard battery is failing, the time and date will not be retained when system is powered off.
2. If you are able to format the hard drive, but the windows XP installation process gives you file copy errors, then you may have a bad RAM module. If the system has 2 or more modules, take out all but 1, retry the install. If you get file copy errors again, try a different module.
3. If the Hard drive passes dieagnostics, but fails to complete a format, replace the hard drive.
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Hi to erase the hard drive you will need a windows disc, on a dell you put the disc in the drive, reboot and press F12 to get a boot menu. boot from the CD/DVD drive and follow the install windows process and when you see the choices of drive space to install on select delete partition. You asked how to erase the drive it is now erased . to reinstall windows continue with the CDs instructions,exit if you just want to dispose of the PC with no personal info on it.
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Here's what I would do. Download and burn any Linux disk. Install Linux and delete all partitions while doing so. After that, initiate the Windows XP installation and see if that works.
This will take care of two things:
If you can install Linux, then the hard drive is good and the partition that was previously on there will be deleted (I suspect the partition is locked which can be caused by a virus or the software used to scrub hard drive).
Check your CDs for Windows (for scratches) or it could be your actual CD drive is out (laser) which would make the installation fail. If the CDrom cannot read the disk, it locks up like that during installation...even if it read before.
When you boot from the CD you will com to the point where it tell you that there is already a version of Windows XP installed. You will need ot follow the instuctions on the screen to delete the existing partion. Then and only then will it format the drive.
Before you go ahead and try reformatting the system , Please disconnect everything from the system (Except Mouse, Keyboard and screen) and then try to use the disc to reformat the system. and if it still hangs up or freezes up that clearly seems to be a hard drive failure.
Use another PC (or a friend's PC) to download a program called "Malware Bytes" (Google it). Transfer the program to the infected PC by way of a USB drive or CDR and run the scan and clean program. Hopefully this will allow you to access the web afterwards so you can update Malware Bytes to the latest version and do a more thorough scan. Should you need to reinstall Windows you are going to need a OS CD which matches your system's OS (XP Home, XP Pro, etc.) before you will be able to perform the reinstall. You may want to contact the manufacturer to order a recovery disc for your specific machine.
Did you recently change or install a program that would affect the resolution and card output? Try booting into safe mode by holding the "shift" key during boot. From there right-click on the desktop and hit 'properties'-> 'display properties' -> 'settings' , check your resolution and drop it to 800x600 and then reboot. If everything goes back in normally make sure you have the right windows drivers for your video card. You can also check the driver version and settings while you're in safe mode. Sometimes the windows update drivers can act screwy and I would recommend getting them directly from your card manufacturer.
This link will take you to the drivers for your Dimension 4600 with Windows XP:
As far as the PC showing you already have a connection I would ignore that for now. Just download the appropriate drivers from this Dell page including the network interface card drivers and install them first. After you have rebooted and verified that the hardware devices are working correctly then start troubleshooting your Internet connection if it is still necessary.
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