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#1

Hello!
I am trying to format my hard drive and re-install my OS.
I have to start with a startup disc.But my CD ROM is not
listed as first device in the BIOS.the floppy is first.
When this is not found it searches for the hard drive
which is the second device, my cdrom is the third.So I will
never get to the CD that way.
I was able to change this, I got the CD ROM in first place.
But after closing out there was a reversal,
and when I tried to change again, it was all locked up.
I was advised to start with a floppy, and point it to the “D”
Drive which is my CD ROM.
I used the XP_ Startup floppy.and this took me to a command prompt.
every thing I typed there,turned out to be bad.
I know nothing about batch files.
I hope some one will be kind enough to help me here.
Thanks for any help you can offer!
OS Name Microsoft Windows XPMedia center
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Manufacturer INTEL_
System Model D845GVFN
Thanks for any help


#2

Sorry no one smarter than me has answered you yet. I know lots about DOS but I do not know what you need to do to install your OS from DOS.

Do you already have an OS installed? If yes, then (while booted to Windows) try putting the CD in and then right click on the ‘autorun.inf’ that should be on the CD and then choose 'install.

It would be best if you could boot from the CD and do the install from there. Maybe you could try this again and report back here any BIOS errors you are getting.

RM


#3

hello RM!
thanks


#4

IreneR, you stated this,

“I was able to change this, I got the CD ROM in first place.
But after closing out there was a reversal,
and when I tried to change again, it was all locked up.”

After closing Bios,I gather you saved the new setting,right?
And then what, after reboot it didn’t read the XP cd ?
Locked up meaning what, the PC ? any errors reported?


#5

No Errors reported
thaireneRnks


#6

Ok, what about the "reversal " thingy, is the CD-ROM still set as 1st boot device in BIOS?


#7

The other way to go is to download the XP boot discs from Microsoft, these will allow you to install XP without a bootable CD drive… They are a 6 disc set that you have to make and will start the install off for you.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310994