Installing operating system troubles

  Newuser3605 23:25 17 May 2011

I've just bought a great barebones (no harddrive or op sys) quad core computer on Ebay and can't install windows xp pro from the cd/dvd player I have changed to cd first start up device in the BIOS menu but when it starts it goes straight to the 'Start Windows Normally' page. Have I missed something? Is there another way of booting from the cd/dvd player. Has the previous owner used a setting which stops something happening? Any suggestions would be very welcome. Thanks.


  Snrub 23:57 17 May 2011

If it has no hard drive it will not work, are you sure it has no hard drive? This really is barebones.

  Zeppelyn 01:16 18 May 2011

Sounds to me like there is indeed a hard drive installed, 'Start Windows Normally' appears on Windows F8 advanced menu page, why not try one of them and see what happens. Double check your BIOS settings or hit the F key which brings up the boot menu, sometimes F8 or F12.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 10:24 18 May 2011
  1. enter Bios
    1. set CD drive as first boot device
    2. save and exit (F10)
    3. boot with XP cd in the drive and watch for the message "Press any key to boot from CD..."

If you do not get this message reboot go back into BIOS reset DC as first boot device and disable all other devices as boot devices save and exit and retr to boot from CD.

If this now works when you install XP you will need to reset the BIOS to boot from hard drive the first time windows setup reboots the PC (do not forget to remove the CD from the drive at this point.

  Strawballs 10:41 18 May 2011

There must be a hard drive or you would only get bios as windows is only on hard drive.

Make sure the CD player is working and that it is plugged into the main board properly.

  Newuser3605 10:54 18 May 2011

Many thanks for the above. I should have said that I had fitted a hard drive. The computer recognises the cd player in BIOS. I will try Fruitbat's suggestion but I don't think it will run windows without the hard drive in place. I have installed op systems many times previously. This is the first time I have not received the message: Press any key to boot from CD. I messed around for hours yesterday, changing CD players, harddrives etc. I even installed a Floppy drive and that works ok as a first device when selected. Thanks again. Al

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:01 18 May 2011

Check drive cable is fully inserted at drive and at motherboard also try swapping drive power cable.

  Secret-Squirrel 13:36 18 May 2011

Newuser, have you previously had success using that Win XP CD? If you haven't and it's not an original Microsoft CD then it's possible that the CD you've got isn't bootable - this usually happens when someone makes a disk copy by simply copying across all the files and folders. When that happens the disk will have a all the files on it but it won't be able to start a PC.

If you're in doubt then try the CD in a different PC.

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