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Old 09-24-2006, 07:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just got an old Dell Inspiron notebook and it currently has XP home edition. I've been wanting to reformat it but when I put my XP CD in... I don't get the "To Boot From CD Press Any Key" when first starting the laptop. I made sure the boot order the CD drive is first and still get nothing. Is there any other way I can wipe everything clean and reinstall windows? Or any fix maybe to my problem?
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Might be a certain key you have to press at boot to select the boot device you want? I have to do that with my Thinkpad.
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When u press the ppower button press F8 i believe to go to boot menu, or u can go to BIOS and change the Boot devices there.
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Old 09-24-2006, 08:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Ya I changed the boot devices so the CD drive boots first. But I still get no message.
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start pressing random keys at boot. it's likely that one of them will bring up a menu asking you which of your bootable devices you would like to boot from. select the cd-drive
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