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OS enable mode press F1 or F2 [help! me!]

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May 17, 2010 5:15:42 PM

I have a Dell 4600c desktop
The hard drive is corrupt (ATA), so I installed a new one. (PATA 160GB)

I cannot get past the error message to install Windows XP

OS mode enabled. limited memory 256GB, press F1------ or 2 F2-------

What do I do?

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May 17, 2010 7:19:12 PM

iamsam said:
I have a Dell 4600c desktop
The hard drive is corrupt (ATA), so I installed a new one. (PATA 160GB)

I cannot get past the error message to install Windows XP

OS mode enabled. limited memory 256GB, press F1------ or 2 F2-------

What do I do?


Press F2 because that should get you into your BIOS or Setup menus. In the first page, you should be able to see if the hard disk is being recognised and if it's not, try auto-detecting it.
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May 17, 2010 11:31:43 PM

Boot into the BIOS. There should be an option to change that OS install mode.
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May 18, 2010 7:02:52 AM

aford10 said:
Boot into the BIOS. There should be an option to change that OS install mode.


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It would be nice to know what happens if he presses F1. :D  It might actually work properly.
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May 18, 2010 11:45:21 AM

When I press F1, I get 2 beeps! that is all, I have not looked up(yet ) nor do I know what the code is for the 2 beeps.
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May 18, 2010 11:45:49 AM

Saga Lout said:
Press F2 because that should get you into your BIOS or Setup menus. In the first page, you should be able to see if the hard disk is being recognised and if it's not, try auto-detecting it.



Thanks, I will try this, hopefully this is the answer!
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May 18, 2010 11:47:06 AM

aford10 said:
Boot into the BIOS. There should be an option to change that OS install mode.



Thank you!
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May 30, 2010 1:20:40 PM

A: The problem was that the CD was not being recognized keeping me from installing windows.

I checked the connection wires to the CD player!(CD player was not plugged in completely)
After that, the CD was recognized.
Pressing F12, reboot from CD, Windows is now installed.
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