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  1. MASQUERADEMA

    MASQUERADEMA Thread Starter

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    i formated my hd but i didn't make drive c bootable. please help
    i'm tring to install xp. please help in noob terms please
     
  2. LONGHAIR

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    If you set your BIOS to boot from CD, XP will install directly from there. It will ask you about partitions, just set them however you choose.
     
  3. MASQUERADEMA

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    i'm getting this message


    "win98 has detected that drive c doesn't contain a valid FAT or FAT32 partition. several causes:

    1. drive may need to be partitioned. (DID FDISK BUT NO FIXED DISKS PRESENT)

    2. may be using 3rd party disk partitioning system. remove emergency boot disk and restart comp.

    3. viruses may cause drive c to not register. use virus scanning program to check comp for viruses

    diagnostic tools were successfully loaded to drive c


    is this because c isn't bootable?
     
  4. MASQUERADEMA

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    how do i get to bios?
     
  5. Triple6

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    When your computer starts it should display a message about entering the Setup and Press DEL or F2 to enter the Setup. This is what you must do. Once in the BIOS change the boot sequence so that the CD-ROM precedes at least the hard drive, save and exit. Then leave your XP CD in the drive and it should boot off it. XP will partition and format the drive for you.
     
  6. MASQUERADEMA

    MASQUERADEMA Thread Starter

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    i got this message

    operating system not found on any devices
     
  7. Triple6

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    Do you have a known good XP CD that is bootable?

    Whats the new boot order?
     
  8. MASQUERADEMA

    MASQUERADEMA Thread Starter

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    i tried

    cd-rom drive first
    fd second
    hd third

    then

    cd-rom first
    fd third
    hd second

    i think the disk is good
     
  9. MASQUERADEMA

    MASQUERADEMA Thread Starter

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    when i type format c:/s
    it says format not supported on drive c
     
  10. Triple6

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    Format the drive will not help install XP though. the HDD does not need to be bootable for XP to install.

    But here's what to do with the drive. Use FDISK to delete all partitions, including and NON-DOS partitions. then Create a new partition and make sure its set active. reboot and use Format.

    Here's a link to several bootdisks, including ones for XP - http://www.bootdisk.com/
     
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