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Dell Dimension 4700 motherboard
May 30, 2010 at 16:17:23
Specs: Windows XP
Hello computing community,

I have a big trouble.. as I cannot get into
windows desktop anymore. I was able to.. but
after I tried to install Ubunutu and erase
Windows XP completely (because of virus
infection), something must have went wrong
with the partitioning.

So below are the things I found that may help
solve this problem I have been struggling on for
20+ Hours!:

1. I let the computer load by itself. It loads
pass the windows loading bar screen and then
pops into a blank screen with a blinking

2. I do a cold boot. I press f12. I check the
hard drive and it is functioning.

3. I reset again as the screen freezes after

4. I press F2 to go into setup. In the bios, I try
to set the boot sequence so that I can boot
from the CD, but the USB CD-ROM drive is
(not present). The IDE Hard drive and USB
floppy drive is also not present. The only thing
that is present is the onboard SATA Hard

5. I load defaults and try again to boot. I save
and exit.

6. The dell logo screen loads, and then black
screen with the following words:
Floppy diskette seek failure
Performing automatic IDE configuration...
Drive 0: Disk Drive
Strike F1 key to continue, F2 to run setup
Striking F1 Key does not work. F2 works if I
continually press from the time I turn on the

7. The lights on the back of the computer is
Green, green, green, yellow. ABC is green, but
D is yellow.

Dell tells me on page 38 to do this:

But what does that mean?

Anyone have any suggestions or help?
I appreciate it.

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May 30, 2010 at 17:55:39
Since you have Ubuntu, enter the bios and select boot from cdrom and use it to completely format the disk so that Ubuntu takes over the entire drive. After Ubuntu is installed completely enter the bios and select boot from cdrom again. Then use your XP disk to reformat the drive to ntfs and have XP as the sole operating system.
Do not forget that with XP there is no prompt to change the bios back to boot from hard drive first. You do it when XP says it is rebooting during the installation. If you forget and you end up like XP wants to start from scratch you now know to enter the bios and select the hard drive.

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May 31, 2010 at 16:59:15
I "tried" to install Ubuntu. I wasn't able to successfully. I stopped the installation halfway and shut down the computer.

And booting from CD drive would be perfect if only it was present.

From Bios screen: "USB CD-ROM drive is
(not present)" even though I know it is physically there..

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