Installing XP

  butterscotch 19:28 07 Apr 2005

I've formatted the hard drive on my spare pc ready to install XP, but when I insert the disc & reboot I cannot get the pc to install from the cd-rom. I've changed all bios settings to boot from cd-rom but all I get is 'invalid system disc, insert disc & reboot.

  DieSse 19:34 07 Apr 2005

Perhaps a faulty CD-ROM drive - have you checked the actual CD on your "other" system.

  butterscotch 19:39 07 Apr 2005

cd-rom drive is working perfectly.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:01 07 Apr 2005

Silly question but are you pressing a key, when told to, to boot from CD?

At the bottom of the screen a message should appear "Press any key to boot from CD...."

If you don't press a key it then looks for asystem files on the hard disk which are not there yet and gives you the error message.

  butterscotch 22:58 07 Apr 2005

No, don't get any message. It just completes the post test & then returns the error message.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 23:02 07 Apr 2005

It should say looking for system on CD - Floppy - IDE.

If you do not have the CD Rom as First boot device it will not work.

BIOS Settings
click here

  butterscotch 23:05 07 Apr 2005

cd-rom is set as 1st, 2nd & 3rd boot device.

  DieSse 23:11 07 Apr 2005

Is the CD-ROM being detected by your BIOS?

Do you have the drives cabled correctly?

Is there a ZiP drive in the system?

  butterscotch 23:16 07 Apr 2005

cd-rom is detected in the bios & in the post test.
All cables are connected properly.
No zip drive, just the HDD, cd-rom & dvd drive.

  woodchip 23:16 07 Apr 2005

The BIOS may not support CD booting so go hear for Floppy boot discs you need I think six to create the discs. download the big "Original boot file" click here put a disc in comp and double click file to start creating floppy disc set

  butterscotch 23:20 07 Apr 2005

will give it a try tomorrow, cheers

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