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Good Day Doctors,
I trying to help a friend with their computer; Dell Dimension 4700, XP Pro, and getting the error message:
A DISK READ ERROR OCCURRED.
PRESS CTRL & ALT & DEL

Does this mean the hard drive is bad?
Thx in advance
 
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I toke the drive out and replaced it with a larger one, same brand (seagate) and now I get:

BOOTMGR is missing.
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart

I think I know what that means, but I'll wait until I hear it from the doctors in the house. Thx :)
 
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Yes, but is Windows installed to the drive? It won't boot unless it has an operating system.
 

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When I try put boot from the disk nothing happens. I get:

Alert! PCI Express card is operatingin x1 mode.
Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility.

When I press F1, I get:

BOOTMGR is missing
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart
 
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A new drive is completely blank. If Windows has not been installed, it isn't going to do anything at all.

Press the F2 key and go into BIOS setup. Look for the boot order and move CD-ROM to the top so it will boot from that first.
 
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Right hard drives don't come with operating systems and master boot records on them, you need to install Windows.
 

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:) THANK YOU, TO THE BOTH OF YOU. I THINK I'M ON MY WHY! :) I WILL MARK THIS THREAD SOLVED WHEN WINDOWS XP HAS COMPLETLY INSTALLED.

What does this mean:
Alert! PCI Express card is operating in x1 mode.
 
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"Alert! PCI Express card is operating in x1 mode"

It means that your high-speed PCI slot, possibly for a graphics card, is running at a slow speed. It may be a BIOS issue or something else. If the problem persists, start a new thread if you get your new Windows running.
 
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What that means is the video card is not sitting properly in it's slot. And it could also be that the psu is underpowered for the card.
 

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OK, I have another problem. :eek: After I thought XP was installed, the system rebooted and when it got to the screen that says DELL, it would try to reboot again and go back to the same DELL screen over and over again.:( What's next Doc?
 

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Yes, I toke the card out and put it back in. It's a NVIDIA G-FORCE 6 SERIES.
 
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