I tried to format the hard drive in my Dell 510 and re install windows xp. I reset the bios to dvd drive put in the disk but it still started as normal then opened the dvd so I continued on but it was not letting me format so I pressed escape. Now all I get is message saying press f1 to to retry I can alter the bios order (Have tried all orders) but get no further and it does not read the DVD Any ideas? Thanks
The XP CD needs to be a hologram/shiny cd. If you are using a restore disk this probaly wont boot. Most dell pcs come with an image on the hard drive Looks like its CTRL+F11 at the Dell Logo to start recovery.
I have now resolved problem thanks for replies. For some reason all drives had been disabled when I descovered this was able to put it right. However the disc for xp I have does not give option to reformat.
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