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After several crashes, the hard drive has died, and now I can't get the
computer to boot, it won't even read to the CD-Rom to install XP. If I put
a "blank" hard drive in, how do I get XP on it to have a bootable system?
The computer comes on, gives me info that there is no master drive, and then
goes to a screen that shows "Invalid OS", that's as far as I can get without
turning it off/on. Won't go into configuration utility. I'm stuck. Thanks
for any assistance.

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Happy

You have to go into the computer's BIOS to change the boot order, making the
CD drive the primary boot device.. to find out this info, look in the
computer manual, or contact the vendor.. without knowing make and model, it
is difficult to determine which key one has to press to get into BIOS.. each
manufacturer has its own cute way..

Having done this, you can then boot from your XP CD.. info and very good
instructions on installing XP can be found here..

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com


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MVP - Windows Shell/User


"HappyStitcher" <HappyStitcher@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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>
> After several crashes, the hard drive has died, and now I can't get the
> computer to boot, it won't even read to the CD-Rom to install XP. If I
> put a "blank" hard drive in, how do I get XP on it to have a bootable
> system? The computer comes on, gives me info that there is no master
> drive, and then goes to a screen that shows "Invalid OS", that's as far as
> I can get without turning it off/on. Won't go into configuration utility.
> I'm stuck. Thanks for any assistance.
>
> --
> Jamie
> The best things in life are not things.
>
>
 
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Thanks Mike, but for some reason my computer won't let me into the BIOS to
set boot order. I even unplugged the hard drive, and it would then read
from the CD-ROm, but of course, didn't find any hardware (just checking to
make sure cd-rom drive working). So now I'm stuck. it won't boot from the
CD-Rom drive, so I can't install. Any suggestions? I'm stuck with this
one! Jamie

"Mike Hall (MS-MVP)" <mike.hall.mail@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
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>
> Happy
>
> You have to go into the computer's BIOS to change the boot order, making
> the CD drive the primary boot device.. to find out this info, look in the
> computer manual, or contact the vendor.. without knowing make and model,
> it is difficult to determine which key one has to press to get into BIOS..
> each manufacturer has its own cute way..
>
> Having done this, you can then boot from your XP CD.. info and very good
> instructions on installing XP can be found here..
>
> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com
>
>
> --
> Mike Hall
> MVP - Windows Shell/User
>
>
> "HappyStitcher" <HappyStitcher@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:sIgVe.2628$906.1578@bignews4.bellsouth.net...
>>
>> After several crashes, the hard drive has died, and now I can't get the
>> computer to boot, it won't even read to the CD-Rom to install XP. If I
>> put a "blank" hard drive in, how do I get XP on it to have a bootable
>> system? The computer comes on, gives me info that there is no master
>> drive, and then goes to a screen that shows "Invalid OS", that's as far
>> as I can get without turning it off/on. Won't go into configuration
>> utility. I'm stuck. Thanks for any assistance.
>>
>> --
>> Jamie
>> The best things in life are not things.
>>
>>
>
>
>
 
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Happy

Try this website for a clue re. getting into BIOS..

http://www.inventio.co.uk/getbios.htm


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Mike Hall
MVP - Windows Shell/User


"HappyStitcher" <HappyStitcher@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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>
> Thanks Mike, but for some reason my computer won't let me into the BIOS to
> set boot order. I even unplugged the hard drive, and it would then read
> from the CD-ROm, but of course, didn't find any hardware (just checking to
> make sure cd-rom drive working). So now I'm stuck. it won't boot from
> the CD-Rom drive, so I can't install. Any suggestions? I'm stuck with
> this one! Jamie
>
> "Mike Hall (MS-MVP)" <mike.hall.mail@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
> news:uPXbRu6tFHA.1252@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
>>
>> Happy
>>
>> You have to go into the computer's BIOS to change the boot order, making
>> the CD drive the primary boot device.. to find out this info, look in the
>> computer manual, or contact the vendor.. without knowing make and model,
>> it is difficult to determine which key one has to press to get into
>> BIOS.. each manufacturer has its own cute way..
>>
>> Having done this, you can then boot from your XP CD.. info and very good
>> instructions on installing XP can be found here..
>>
>> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com
>>
>>
>> --
>> Mike Hall
>> MVP - Windows Shell/User
>>
>>
>> "HappyStitcher" <HappyStitcher@hotmail.com> wrote in message
>> news:sIgVe.2628$906.1578@bignews4.bellsouth.net...
>>>
>>> After several crashes, the hard drive has died, and now I can't get the
>>> computer to boot, it won't even read to the CD-Rom to install XP. If I
>>> put a "blank" hard drive in, how do I get XP on it to have a bootable
>>> system? The computer comes on, gives me info that there is no master
>>> drive, and then goes to a screen that shows "Invalid OS", that's as far
>>> as I can get without turning it off/on. Won't go into configuration
>>> utility. I'm stuck. Thanks for any assistance.
>>>
>>> --
>>> Jamie
>>> The best things in life are not things.
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>>
>
>
>