I have recently taken out old SATA hard drive, replacing with new SATA 250GB which attaches to motherboard. When I boot up, I get the black screen with option to go into BIOS after the Dell screen comes up. I have changed the boot order to floppy, USB, and CD ROM all of which I had prepared as boot disc. None seem to work. My only way around is using my restored data that I put on Acronis 10 - able to access using external hard drive. My goal is to install NEW copy of XP which I have on CD (not able to access it). In my reading here on posts, a number of people appear to have similar problems, but are able to boot up from floppy.
System - XP Home, Dell 4700, SATA 250GB.
I hope I've given enough (clear info.) here.