WinXP Install



Caddyman
07-09-2005, 11:44 PM
I have a dell Latitude C600. I just put in a bigger hard drive into the
notebook, and I am getting ready to install XP on it. However, when I change
the boot order to boot from the CD-ROM first, it will go throught POST and
then say "Push To Boot From CD....", when I push a button it will sit there
for a second and say Error. Even though my CD_ROM is recognized in the bios,
I dont think that it is working properly. Is there any way I can use an
external CD-RW to do a clean fresh install of XP on this new HD. I didnt
think I could because its USB, but I figured I would ask. Since its a
notebook, I dont have extra notebook CD-ROM's lying around to use. If there
is any way I can work with this I would appreciate the help. Thanks.

Malke
07-09-2005, 11:44 PM
Caddyman wrote:

> I have a dell Latitude C600. I just put in a bigger hard drive into
> the notebook, and I am getting ready to install XP on it. However,
> when I change the boot order to boot from the CD-ROM first, it will go
> throught POST and then say "Push To Boot From CD....", when I push a
> button it will sit there for a second and say Error. Even though my
> CD_ROM is recognized in the bios, I dont think that it is working
> properly. Is there any way I can use an external CD-RW to do a clean
> fresh install of XP on this new HD. I didnt think I could because its
> USB, but I figured I would ask. Since its a notebook, I dont have
> extra notebook CD-ROM's lying around to use. If there is any way I can
> work with this I would appreciate the help. Thanks.

Your cd-rom drive has to work or else your machine has to be able to
boot from a USB external drive. This would be an option in the BIOS. If
your BIOS doesn't provide this, check on Dell's site for your specific
machine to see if there is an updated BIOS. If there isn't (or if there
is no provision for this type of booting), then you can't do that and
will need to fix/replace the cd drive. Another option if you have a
domain and a Win2x server would be to do a network install. You can
only do this with XP Pro, not Home.

I'm not familiar with that laptop model - have you first checked to make
sure it can handle XP? Remember that laptops have very proprietary
software and hardware. If this is an older laptop that was running a
Win9x/ME os, before you install XP make sure there are XP drivers for
your laptop's hardware.

Malke
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Anando [MS-MVP]
07-09-2005, 11:44 PM
Hi,

It may also be possible that the CD media is corrupt or damaged. You can insert the CD in another
machine and check out if the CD is readable or not. A possibility.

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"Caddyman" <Caddyman@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:04073DAC-A966-490A-BBA6-7FC02CCFFEEF@microsoft.com...
>I have a dell Latitude C600. I just put in a bigger hard drive into the
> notebook, and I am getting ready to install XP on it. However, when I change
> the boot order to boot from the CD-ROM first, it will go throught POST and
> then say "Push To Boot From CD....", when I push a button it will sit there
> for a second and say Error. Even though my CD_ROM is recognized in the bios,
> I dont think that it is working properly. Is there any way I can use an
> external CD-RW to do a clean fresh install of XP on this new HD. I didnt
> think I could because its USB, but I figured I would ask. Since its a
> notebook, I dont have extra notebook CD-ROM's lying around to use. If there
> is any way I can work with this I would appreciate the help. Thanks.


WinXP Install