Boot Menu Loop: Hardware or Software Issue?
Posted 18 June 2009 - 09:43 AM
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Posted 27 June 2009 - 01:15 AM
I just fixed a similar problem on my aunts dimension 8400.
this whole thing occurred when my aunts cmos batt went dead, when i replaced it, the settings were changed. after looking through the bios menu i returned it to default and still nothing, incredibly default dell bios settings make the pc inoperable.
it was driving me nuts, first i thought it had a virus, or a hdd failure. so i tried to re-install win xp but the hdd was not recognised in xp setup despite being seen by the bios. i took the hdd out and put it on a working pc as a second drive. in windows i used avast to scan for malware and it found 2 minor worms, but the drive was readable. in ubuntu linux (live cd) i was also able to read from and to the hdd while it was resident in the original problem pc. so i copied the contents of the whole drive onto a usb external drive.
conclusion, the hdd is fine
i threw in my ubuntu 8 live cd and did some google searching and all kind of info that lead to 20 diff solutions (the pc ran quicker on the live cd then on the resident os, crazy right) but this made the most sense, an incorrect setting in bios.
Dell Dimension SATA Drive Windows Installation
Last week I had to rebuild a Dell Dimension 9150 with an SATA hard drive and when I tried to install Windows XP I received an error saying txtsetup.oem not found when
1) Reboot and hit F2 on the Dell screen (bios menu)
2) Go to the SATA Operation section
3) Change to Combination SATA/PATA mode.
4) Reboot and re-attempt windows install
there are 3 settings that seem to indicate SATA only operation, first three but the 4th is the one you want "combination sata/pata"
if you havent already reformatted your original HDD then you should be able to start up normally. it will send you to the F8, safe mode screen but it will actually complete the boot process and go to the xp logon.
if you formatted your original drive it will allow you to re-install your os.
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