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Can boot hiren but not xp cd

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August 10, 2011 7:16:45 PM

I have dell 240 which is really old. I just got it as a gift from my boss and want to format it for he gave me an empty hdd. Now, it can start from hiren or UBCD but not from xp,windows 7 or windows vista installation cds. i just don't get it all.

I am thinking if it is related with the dell cds which I don't have. I use a generic xp installation cd and never had a problem with it.

I tried sp 1, sp2 and sp3 xp but nothing. Any ideaz?

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August 10, 2011 9:15:29 PM

might be some type of BIOS lock that it's looking only for a particular CD

or you are using generic OS installation CDs meant for another computer, the hardware is not recognized and it doesn't want to install

other than that I have no idea why it would be misbehaving
August 10, 2011 9:22:50 PM

crazycat2 said:
I have dell 240 which is really old. I just got it as a gift from my boss and want to format it for he gave me an empty hdd. Now, it can start from hiren or UBCD but not from xp,windows 7 or windows vista installation cds. i just don't get it all.

I am thinking if it is related with the dell cds which I don't have. I use a generic xp installation cd and never had a problem with it.

I tried sp 1, sp2 and sp3 xp but nothing. Any ideaz?

I ran into a similar situation with a business workstation but could not do anything until I deleted HD partitions.
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