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Can't reboot windows cd on with cd drives

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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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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