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You can install the operating system using an external CD/DVD drive. for dell systems, make sure you have the external drive connected then when you turn on the computer press F12 to access the one time boot menu. on the boot menu choose the option for CD/DVD drive. after pressing enter it will prompt you to press any key. once you get to the welcome page just follow the onscreen instructions to install a fresh copy of windows
This means that your internal hard drive is not currently bootable. That can happen for a variety of reasons, which are:
The disk has crashed and is no longer usable.
The Mac OS X System Folder has become damaged due to permission problems, a botched software upgrade, or some other software-caused problem.
The hard drive controller on your Mac's logicboard has failed.
Without knowing the model of your Mac, I can only guess what is going on here. To know for sure, you need to locate your original Apple software restore CD/DVD -or- a retail Mac OS X install DVD.
Do the following:
Power on the Mac, insert the bootable CD/DVD.
Hold down the power button until the mac turns off.
Hold down the "C" key on the keyboard and press the power button to turn the unit on.
It will take a while, but your Mac should start booting a copy of Mac OS X off of the CD/DVD.
Once booted into the Installer, locate the menubar at the top of the screen. Click on the "Apple" icon (top left of screen) and click "About this Mac". Click the "More Info..." button.
You should now see the Apple System Profiler.
On the left panel, locate "ATA" or "Serial-ATA". You should have one of them contained within your Mac. When you click on the correct one, you should see the list of hard drive controllers (two), one with your CD/DVD rom listed, and the other with your hard drive listed underneath. If you don't see two controllers, one or both of your hard drive controllers have failed and you need to send the Mac to Apple for hardware repair.
If you DO see your hard drive listed, then you hardware is at least working. That rules out a failed hard drive controller and mostly likely your hard drive is physically intact. The software on it might still be wrecked, but the hardware appears to work.
Close "System Profiler" and get back to the MacOS X Installer. Click on the "Tools" or "Utilities" on the top of the menu bar. Locate "Disk Utility" and launch it.
Within Disk Utility, locate your hard drive on the left side of the screen, click on it once to highlight it and then click the button "Verify Disk". This will do an exhaustive search against your drive to see if there are any problems with the Mac OS X installation. If there is still a copy of Mac OS X left to salvage, this will tell what the problem is.
If "Verify Disk" finds an instance of Mac OS X with problems, you can try running "Repair Disk" and then "Repair Disk Permissions" to clean up any problems with the copy of Mac OS X. Keep in mind, when you have filesystem problems, sometimes fixing the problems can make permanent changes to your filesystem that have unintended consequences.
At this point, if your hardware is intact and you have a filesystem problem, the safest thing to do is to go find a firewire drive big enough to install a copy of Mac OS X on it (anything larger than 10GB should be fine), install Mac OS X to the firewire drive and then try to mount your internal hard drive while running from Mac OS X on the firewire drive. This assumes that you have files on the internal drive that you don't want to lose. If this is not the case, you can safely reinstall Mac OS X on your internal drive and start over again.
it would be easier to use an external dvd/cd drive if in case your internal dvd drive is defective. thereon, you can start re-installing the XP OS using the external dvd/cd drive. hope this will help your problem. thanks
u must either have one of the foll...to boot and install OS...also the seq in BIOS must be availabe and enabled
2 CD Rom Drive - internal
3 CD Rim Drive - External connected thru USB
4 You can also try to connect a USB pen drive having the OS install program and try - I have not tried that so not sure if this option works...sorry
5 If u can open the machine then u can connect another internal HD(this can contain ur OS install files) to the cable (connector points in the flat cable) that connect your internal HD to the Motherboard.
if i can think of anything else i will post
all the best
If you are willing to buy a new DVD/CD drive, you can find it easily, only thing is you need someone to get it installed in your laptop.
One question is, whats the exact problem you are facing, please let us know the details, its quite possible that it would be resolved without even buying a new one. 1. Laptop model/CD Model make ? 2. OS/ 3. How much old it is? 4. Stopped working after something like shock or just stopped ?
1. uninstall dvd/cd using device manager
reboot and winxp will reinstall driver
2. go to my computer / dvd drive / right click / properties / hardware - roll back or update & properties - enable digital cd audio / recording - enable cd recording
3. do system restore
start / all programs / accessories / system tools / system restore
4. do full system recovery - us windows xp OS