Having problems with your IBM ThinkCentre S50 8183 - P4 3 GHz (8183D9U) PC Desktop ?

I have to replace the hard drive in a thinkcenter s50

\015 The computer will not boot to cd to begin install of windows xp. How can I make it do this?\015

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Remove harddrive make sure it is set to master. while hard drive is out boot up computer it will boot to the motherboard. Find the boot menu and set your cd drive as the first device. Save and shut down the computer. Install your hard drive now boot up and as soon as you can insert disk.
I come across this issue using the exact same model Thinkcentre 8183. After removing the old IDE HDD system didn't boot from any other device. Original intention was to exchange the IDE drive with a SATA one.
Solution that worked for me: I set the IDE optical drive as master and leaved the bios settings as before:
Parallel ATA: Primary
Serial ATA: Enabled
Native mode operation: Auto
In this configuration the systems booted without any problem both from the optical drive and SATA HDD.
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