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Dell Optiplex GX270 will not boot from disk

\015 I have quite a peculiar problem. I have a formatted hard drive and I am trying to boot it from the cd-rom to reinstall windows xp pro. I hit ''the any key'' :) and when it says hit any key to boot from disk and the it recognizes the keyboard so I know that is not the problem. It typically is supposed to wait like 5 seconds and ..... Like 5 of them. I hit enter or whatever and it stops on whenever I hit the key and it doesn't do anything. What do I do? I have reset the BIOS and CMOS. I have tried multiple CD-ROM drives. I have tried everything I know how to do and I can't figure out why it won't budge past that and starting loading windows setup files. Any ideas?\015

Answers :

The reason why Windows install/setup is not continuing is it is trying to detect the hard drive.
\015\012You might have a faulty disk or the MBR (Master Boor Record) on the hard disk is corrupted or virus infected.
\015\012When you go into the BIOS configuration, does the BIOS detect the hard drive? If so this is a good sign. If not the hard disk is probably faulty and needs to be replaced.
\015\012Next boot up with a DOS floppy boot disk and the run fdisk /mbr
\015\012This will fix the MBR.
\015\012Next run fdisk again and delete all the partitions on the hard drive.
\015\012You do not need to create a new partition with this DOS disk, this will be done with the Windows XP install.
\015\012Reboot the computer and now install Windows XP. create a new partition and format it in NTFS (do not do a quick format).
It sounds like the disk you are trying to use is bad the boot sector on the disk is corrupt. It happens.
\015\012If you have access to a working computer with a cd burner i can Email you a windows xp pro OEM disk in zip or rar format you will have to extract it burn it
\015\012and you will need the 25 char. code from the WGA sticker to activate it.
\015\012my email is [email protected]
\015\012Hope this helps
\015\012please leave feedback
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