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tracyhebert

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When I restart w/the CD in or without the CD in I get several error msgs about Windows cannot open this file... use web or select program from list... then I press cancel for them and nothing else happens....
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Ok...it sounds like you need to set the cd-rom to first boot device in BIOS Setup. Do you know how to enter BIOS on your machine?
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Nope....I know how to boot in ssfe mode
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What kind of computer is this, Tracy? Give me the make and model number and I'll see if I can help you get things set up to boot to the cd.
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Dell Inspiron 6000 Laptop Computer
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Restart the machine and start tapping the F2 key as it boots. That should get you to the System Setup screen. Once there. press the Page Down key one time. Look in the left pane for "Boot Sequence:" This needs to have CD-ROM FIRST listed beside it. If that's not what you see, change it by pessing the right or left arrow keys until you see "CD-ROM FIRST" listed.

Save the settings by pressing Esc.

Then try to boot to the cd...you should be prompted to "Press any key to boot to cd" at the top of the screen...press a key.
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OK I'm at the point where Boot Sequence is in the left panel .... the right panel Has the Boot Sequence Menu .....
Boot Sequence
This list specifies the order that the BIOS searches devices when trying to find an operating system. Only devices that are preceeded by a number ar bootable (the SPACE key controls whether a particular device is bootable)
1. is Diskette Drive
2. Internal DVD
3. USB Storage Device
4. CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive
Cardbus NIC
Onboard NIC

The arrow keys do NOT rearrange the order of these 4 selections..The left arrow key does nothing the right arrow key highlights the "System" Menu which boot sequence is under System....?
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I sure wish they'd standardize BIOS settings. :whistling:

The problem is there. The cd-rom needs to be moved to the #1 position with the HDD at #2. Select the cd-rom drive (which appears to be #4 unless you have an external device connected) and press the U key to move it up in the list to #1.

Then try to boot to the cd.
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I'm not sure how to select #4. I hit the #4 on the keyboard and nothing happened. The arrow keys only move in the left panel menu.
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Never mind... figured it out... I had to hit the enter Key 1st.... now i'm rearranging
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How do I go about booting to the cd w/this screen up.. Do I get out of it somehow?
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I have the order rearranged w/ CD #1 and Hdd #2
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And I've got dinner out of the way... :whistling:

Start the machine with the cd in the drive and see if you are prompted to boot from it.
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rebooted.... said press any key to boot from CD.....Yay!!! Setup is loading files

Remeber this CD goes w/my home computer.....

OK
Now the screen says
Welcome to setup
This portion prepares Micorsoft Windows to run on your computer
To set up Windows XP now press enter
To repair a Windows XP installation using recovery console, press R
To quit setup withoug installing Windows XP press F3
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Now we're cookin' with gas! :whistling:

Do you have the product key for the machine we're fixing? On a laptop, it should be on the bottom of the machine on a sticker. (5 groups of 5...xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx)
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