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Loading Windows XP Pro with modular cd-Rom and Disk drive

by dr327 / December 15, 2004 5:53 AM PST

I am trying to load Windows XP Pro on my Dell notebook Latitude CSx. I formated drive C already. The problem is the CD is not booting, even when I switch to boot CD first in the bios. I have downloaded the 6 starup floppy disks, but the problem is I can not have the floppy drive and the CD-rom hooked up at the same time, they are modular. I tried running the 6 disks, then switching to the CD-rom, but it just reads a fatal error trying to read drive A. I have the bios set to boot: Floppy/CD-Rom/Internal HD. I have a USB jump drive, but it wont recognize that either. If anyone can help me out that would be great. Im really stuck. Dave

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You'll have to use the i386 directory method.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 15, 2004 6:00 AM PST

Since you have a non-booting CD either due to piracy, a copy or hardware issues (I will not debate if it is or not), you get to copy the i386 directory to the hard disk and run setup from there.

In closing, Microsoft has NEVER supplied all the drivers you will need so collect motherboard, video, audio and more drivers from Dell before you start.

Read for a guide if my quick quide wasn't enough.

Best of luck,


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Addendum. Install the Recovery Console because...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 15, 2004 6:02 AM PST

You can't boot to CD to do what would be minor XP OS repairs.

Sorry for writing this, but any machine that can't boot the XP CD is a poor candidate for XP. If you don't believe me, you will after your first crackup.


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