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Wn XP reformat + Install OS problems


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Flame Lily

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I have combed the archives to see if anyone else has had a similar problem.

Almost a week ago, my Dell 8200 XP system was running as if mired in molasses. It took over an hour to boot to the welcome screen which made me realise that there was a malfunction due to either a virus or trojan. The PC usually boots in under 2 minutes. I have Zone Alarm Pro firewall as well as Norton Antivirus. - both are kept updated

After 5 days of trying to reformat the HD, I was finally able to do so. So far I have only resinstalled the OS & Norton.

On system start the following error message:
Primary hard disk drive 1 not found (I only have 1 HD)
Strike F1 key to continue, F2 to run setup utility

F1 allows the system to boot but takes almost 15 minutes to complete (768 RAM), then hangs. I am loathe to even try connecting to the Internet (on satellite) until I can reinstall ZA Pro & activate Norton.

Currently using my old faithful backup on W98SE.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks.
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Hi Flame Lily and welcome to geeks to go.

This could be caused by the IDE cable to your hard drive is broken. Also your HD could of failed. If that is the case then you would have to get a NEW HD.

Almost a week ago, my Dell 8200 XP system was running as if mired in molasses.

Dell computers are nothing but trouble.

A good idea is to update the BIOS.
(I think this is the right one?, The dell site is as bad as MS!)
http://support.dell.............&s=gen
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Thanks Listerofsmeg,

I have updated the BIOS as you recommended. Is there anyway to check whether the HD has failed before going to the expense of purchasing a new HD? I still believe my problems to be software related rather than hardware.

Thanks again
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If your sceen looks like this:
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Your Stuffed! Your HD is stuffed!

There are ways to get data off your HD.
http://geeksaresexy....s-when-you.html

An other way is this, don't do it but it is good to look at!
http://geeksaresexy....cover-data.html

Just do some Googleing!

(BUMP)
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Thanks for the graphic. My HD is OK. It was a simple BIOS setup error. :whistling:
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Thats ok. Thanks for posting the results. We like to hear them, good or bad!
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