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New 320gb hard drive after removing the old one. Loaded windows xp okay but it took forever. I left the room and came back to a black screen that read " a disk read error has occured. Press ctrl alt del to restart. I cant get it past that screen.

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Hi try getting another windows disk as that one is probably scratched.

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New HDD Problem. What I see is strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility. How do I solve this problem?. What I have is 160Gb hard disk


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Re: Dell Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for Setup utility error Thanks for the reply Craig. Yes the hard drive was removed for a new one and the EIDE cables were changed 3 times to make sure that I didnt have any defective ones. The jumper settings were left on cable select (old hard drive AND new).

UPDATE!!!

I hate problems I can't solve so I used my other computer that I KNOW works. I installed the NEW hard drive in my other computer and installed Windows XP Professional just to see if I purchased a bad hard drive. It detected it, formated it, and I test installed it. Less than an hour later, Windows XP was running on it NO PROBLEM. I removed the hard drive and installed it BACK IN THE PROBLEM COMPUTER. Still got the error message but I did the Alt-Tab-F to let it detect the IDE Configuration again. I also went into the BIOS settings and configured it in there as well.

WOO HOO! It detected it and it went to the Windows XP slash screen. Then I got the Blue Screen of Death and I was NEVER SO HAPPY TO SEE IT!!!!! That meant that the drive was finally friggin being recognized by the system BIOS/Motherboard. If any of you didn't know, you typically get a BSoD if you don't do a reapir install of XP or a clean install if you have a hard drive that had a prior install from another computer.

I then started putting back the components one by one (2nd stick of RAM, CD Drive, Floppy Drive, PCI Cards, etc.) and configured the BIOS for each of it. IT ultimately ended up working and I got to the XP Desktop.

FYI: I honestly think that the BIOS "Hard Locked" and was stuck in that crazy loop. It probably happened when the first drive died while it was trying to boot. I took a chance and tried to get a fully formatted hard disk into it to break the cycle and luckily it worked!

If any of you techs ever get into this situation, try the procedures that I did and it may help you.

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Hi I got bluescreen when am install window xp


There would usually be information on the blue screen to help us diagnose the problem but there is more comment that needs to be made. If you still have just the 128M of ram and the 10G hard drive then forget installing xp. xp needs a minimum of 1G ram to work in and that is the maximum your machine can hold. Secondly, the 10G hard drive will only just work when you have got SP2 & 3 installed - there will be no room left for anything else.

Additionally, this machine will be quite slow with a P3 processor running at 733M but it's your choice.

If you want to install xp on this machine I would suggest getting the ram to maximum and a larger hard drive installed before continuing. If you have already done this then please get back to us with any error message that may be on the blue screen.

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Compaq SR1650NX HARD DRIVE MESSED UP RECOVERY DISK WON'T WORK REPLACED HARD DRIVE CAN'T GET BIOS TO RECONIZE HARD DRIVE SHOWS UP IN BOOT BUT NOT IN MAIN HP SAID TO INSTALL NEW OS HAD OLD 98SE LOADED WORKED...


Are you trying to set up a raid configuration? If not I would reformat using the 98 disk and reinstall. (You may be able to skip installing 98, try installing xp first and it should ask for the disk containing the software (win98) that qualifies for the upgrade.

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CD drive not working


Based on your indication the CD drive is clean, and you know the cables are attached to it, inside the computer. (Flat ribbon IDE interface cable, and 4-pin Molex connector power cable)

1.Go to Device Manager

Left-click on Start. Right-click on My Computer. Go down, and Left-click on Properties. Left-click on the Hardware tab. Go down, and Left-click on Device Manager.

Left-click on the + sign to the left of, DVD/CD-ROM drives.
Right-click right on the name of the CD drive.

(Example: Lite On DVDRW LH-20A1P.
eMachines Support indicates the T5212 has a DVD burner drive, and a CD drive. Right-click on the CD drive name))

In the drop down list, Left-click on Properties.
Left-click on the Driver tab
Go below, and Left-click on the Update Driver 'button'. Now go below, and Left-click on OK.

Close all windows, go back to your desktop screen.
Shut your computer down normally. (Start>Turn Off Computer>Shut Down)

Do Not Restart. We need a 'Hard Shut Down'.
Wait 1 minute, turn your computer on.

Still doesn't work?
Let's play hard ball.

2.Go back to Device Manager. Left-click on the + sign to the left of DVD/CD-ROM drives. Right-click on the name of the CD drive. Left-click on Properties. Left-click on the Driver tab.
This time go down, and Left-click on the Uninstall 'button'. Go below, and Left-click on OK

There will be a Microsoft 'squawk box' that comes up. "Warning you are about to uninstall this device"
Left-click on OK. (It IS okay!)

Close all windows. Shut down your computer normally. (Again, we need a 'Hard Shut Down'. To Restart a computer is known as a 'Soft Shut Down')

Wait 1 minute. Turn your computer on.
After Windows loads all the way, and all of your Start Menu programs have loaded, you should see a pop-up out of your system tray. (Bottom of Windows desktop screen)

"Found New Hardware", and perhaps another one, "Found XYZ CD drive". (XYZ = the CD drive name)

No still?

The driver for your CD drive, is located within the Windows XP operating system on your computer.
If your CD drive does not work now, I suggest it has failed.

Drives such as Optical drives, and Harddrives, are mechanical devices. Their 'Lifespan', is rated in so many hours of usage. Your CD drive may be at the end of it's 'Lifespan'.

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Shut down with ''ckdsk scan to run on next reboot''. Now it runs the black screen and the windows screen pops up and shuts down right away. It goes back to the black start up screnn and repeats forever.


Your HD's probably bought it, but you can always try to read from it later after you reinstall to a new hard drive or drive array (striped SATA is fast!)

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Black screen and blinking underscore before loading OS


chipset drivers that are loaded onto the harddrive are not the same as the ones in the "new" computer you put it into.

The only way to do that is format the drive and start from vanilla.

This is very common. -Jeff

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Hey there, I have an Acer 5570Z that was running MS Vista from new. Well like many others i know i also am not happy with it. So i removed the HD, Removed any recoverable files etc. I then formated the HD...


hi,

are you familiar with the hard / cd rom drive dip switch jumpers? sometimes you have to change those around a few times for windows to submit, theyre the tiny black little pieces of plastic things next to the ribbon cable or power cables on the back of the drives, they pull straight out with needle nose or tweezers. if you look on the drives you will see a diagram for them, the hard drive usually is master , cd drives slaves, and cable select mode I think that setting means that you can then change the drive config via bios, but not 100% sure. Maybe try plugging two hard drives in and one master one slave, like that to unravel your problem. also Im hearing in order to go back to xp you have to do it microsofts way exactly via internet or something.
good luck!

J

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Windows won't start


hi i as you said you have no cdrom you are using an external cdrom this may be your down fall but i shell try my best for you ok .
first start the laptop up press f2 or del to go into *********** board settings when you have done that move your arrows to the right finding your boot option go into that and remove your hard drive from that this will make your sys search for the usb or cdrom to load from then you must save this on leaving the motherboard when you leave it will say save y do that then it will restart and find your cdrom make sure that you have the windows disk in the cdrom before you start ok follow the on screen insturctions telling you to format the hard drive this will wipe the hard drive ready for installing the new windows program on it ok
the reason when you loaded the windows on the other pc and put it in your laptop is the motherboard is not the main op sys for the hard drive hope this work for you if not get back in touch and we shell try another way ok thanks all the best

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