When I push F12 repeatedly it does not give me the cdrom option. It says diskett, internal harddrive..cd, dvd, ect nothing comes up about cdrom and even when I chose internal hard drive it does not bring up a blue screen. It's like it's booting from whichever option I choose.
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try inserting the disc then restart your pc. as soon as you see the Dell logo, press F12 several times. It will lead you to the advance boot options. highlight cd/dvd drive using your up / down arrow key, then press enter to continue. the OS cd should load fine.
Verify in the BIOS setup (usually accessible by pressing F2, F12, or Del at boot), "Boot Device" submenu, that the system isn't programmed to also boot from an external device. If it is, it will try to boot off the Maxtor, but won't be able to since there's no OS there. The system should be configured to start off the internal hard disk, and optionally the CD-ROM. Other options (ROM BIOS, PXE, USB, etc.) are usually best left deactivated or at lowest priority.
If you have forgotten your BIOS or Hard Drive Password for this model, there is a master code that you can obtain from Dell Support. Simply call, Email, or use Online Chat from http://support.dell.com and give them your Service Tag, and they can help your out from there. If it is a Windows profile password you have forgotton, try accessing the Administrator account from Safe Mode, and remove the password for the user account locked out.
go to my computer, find the DC/DVD drive and right click on it the select properties, a windows will appear, click on AUTOPLAY, on the AUTOPLAY tab select MIXED CONTENT from the drop down menu. after selecting the mixed content option please click on RESTORE DEFAULTS and the click ok.
You may need to try installing windows xp. I had a gateway that had a brand new hard drive and wouldn't take 98, but installed xp flawlessly. Look at the computer and see if it says designed for Windows XP
Dell 8100 is a tower and you can replace it with any video card and get better performance with a replacement.
PN typically means Part Number so that is probably correct. Also, if you call Dell support, if you give them the pc serial number, they should be able to tell you the part number of the video card. If it is out of warranty, just explain to them you just need the part number
I have done this before and gotten the info I needed.
i think you did not choose proper boot sequence from the bios.
plz choose another which indicate that your cd rom.
another way is that you when boot the pc press f9 key many time then it will ask you for boot device.
under the laptop xp home sticker. have u backed up personal files ? pics docs music ?
turn pc on .repeatedly tap F12 then put xp cd in it. then choose cdrom. then it will boot to a blue screen. loading stuff on bottom 2 minutes.then 2 options repair console or install windows. choose second. then F8 i agree to licensing terms and then drive is listed.. at that point u can delete and create partition then it will ask to format i do quick. then rest is easy.
what brand pc. if its dell on the main beginign powerup screen press repeatedly f12 then choose ide cdrom. with xp cd in drive allready. make sure u have the xp key for that version usualy on side of pc if its brand.
if its inspiron 8100 you wont have theoption of ctrl f11 as its older than 2005 when quick restore was added to dells. you will need the xp cd dell can ship it for under 11$ also download audio video network drivers for that model then burn them to cd .
However im able to remove almost all viruses with ubcd4win.com boot cd ( even with remote support= tech can do it remotely)