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Problem booting a computer I am upgrading


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MR0624

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I recently got a new computer I am trying to upgrade and hooked it up to my Dell monitor but when I wait like 5 minutes for it to boot it says "Boot Failure. Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device. Press any key to coninue." So i press a key and the same thing comes up. I was told the computer already has Winxp on it but to be sure i inserted a windows boot disk and it still didn't work. I only need it to come on once so I can get the system specs! Please help!


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What windows boot disk did you use?
do you here any beeps when it starts?
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No beeps and I used a winxp home boot disk. I might need a winxp pro disk though since he said that is what was on there.



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Hi MR0624
Try this one
Boot Disk - Windows XP (Home & Pro) boot disk
http://www.answersth...p_boot_disk.exe

Kc :tazz:
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Thanks, i'll let you know how it goes.
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Why not try using a win 98 boot disk just to see if your hard drive is valid see if it is being recognized. You said you got a new computer and you were trying to upgrade. Has it ever booted? What os are you trying to upgrade from? You said a "new" computer? Or just new to you? seems to me that you have no valid os. Now that being said if the person you got the computer from loaded win xp in his machine and placed the hard drive into another machine your most likely result is what your experiencing. Just a thought. have you installed any other hard drive cdroms dvd players or other peripherals on the same ribbon cable? make sure that your hard drive is set to master and any other device is set to slave. You have the option of entering the bios when the machine first starts. When you successfully enter the bios see if the drive is being recognized. You should have the option of letting the computer seek out the drive or manually entering the parameters of the drive. If you are wondering why I would suggest using a win 98 boot disk? If the install went with fat 32 it should boot to windows 98 dos and you can check to see if the disk is valid or has any valid partitions. I hope you find success with your new computer. let me know how it goes. Your friend in tech. Da Missing Link.
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i just figured out my hard drive isn't corrected properly.....
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