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Old 06-15-06, 07:09 PM
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PC won't boot XP

I don't contribute much, but I was hoping you all could help me with my wee problem. My PC, which ran XP Home back in the day, upon booting presents me with this:

strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility
I tried hitting F1, and it just repeated itself. Since TechTV went off the air (G4 doesn't count) I haven't kept up with technology, and lost most of the knowledge I had. If I had a boot disk, I'd use that, but it has inexplicably disappeared from my CD case. Could I, somehow, get another boot disk from Dell? I'd like to avoid sending this to the shop and paying $75. And no, buying a Mac is not an option, though I wish it were.

If there's any information that would help, please ask.
Thanks, in advance.
Old 06-15-06, 07:15 PM
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This may have nothing to do with XP specifically. You should at least go into your BIOS and make sure your hard drive shows up.

Maybe the setting is wrong, maybe your cable is disconnected or went bad, or maybe your hard drive died. You might want to check out your boot order as well.
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Most everytime I've seen this (many times on Dell machines recently), it's due to a dead hard drive. But as mentioned, check cable to be sure it isn't loose for some reason and see if the BIOS sees the drive.

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