I have a Dell XPS desktop. After previously being unable to boot, and a BIOS reset seemingly fixing the issue, about 2 days later by hard drive crashed completely. I tried to use the recovery disk I had created and it couldn't even recognize a bootable partition. Thankfully, I have all of my data backed up.
I was running Vista 32 bit on a 250GB western digital hard drive.
I yanked the HD and purchased a new 1TB western digital HD. I can't find my Vista disk, so I bought Windows 7. After checking the bios and verifying my machine is 64 bit capable, I decided to go with the Windows 7 64 bit.
The new HD is installed, I put the OS DVD in and try to boot, I get a prompt to hit F1 to continue. I have read that from here it can take up to 30 minutes before your machine does anything, but after a few minutes I get:
"No boot device available."
The DVD drive is set first in the boot order. I have also tried copying the DVD to an external HD and booting from that as a USB device with the same result.
I have virtualization enabled in my BIOS, and have tried both RAID On and the Autodetect settings. No matter what I do, I keep getting that same message.