|Unplug any USB flash drives that are plugged in before booting the computer. |
If it has a floppy drive, eject any floppy disk in it before you boot the computer.
Your problem can be caused by....
- you don't have the network boot option in the correct place in the Boot Order or similar settings in the bios Setup
- you DO have that set correctly but
- the bios is not detecting your hard drive at all
- or - the bios is detecting the hard drive but it's not finding that it's bootable (has an operating system installed on it)
See Response 1:
"I only have an old restore disc of windows xp from a old gateway computer.
Should this work for the restore??"
There are two types of Recovery disk sets
- a set of Recovery disks that are a multi-disk archive - they can only be used one after the other to install all of the original software including Windows that was on the specific brand name model. You can't install just XP or repair XP with any of the disks. It can't be used except with the same brand name model ,or a small group of models made by the same brand name at about the same time.
- A Recovery disk set that is usually at least two disks. The first one is a brand name labelled XP Re-installation CD or similar, the other one or ones are used to install Drivers needed for the computer model and Applications (programs) the computer came with.
The XP Re-installation CD or similar can usually ONLY be used with the brand name model it came with, or a small group of models made by the same brand name at about the same time, to install Windows XP from scratch, or to run a Repair installation of XP.
You have another problem.
The XP CDs usually CANNOT be used to install XP because the files intially loaded from the XP CD CANNOT recognize most if not all USB optical drive models ! In that case, the XP CD is reconized as bootable, but all you see when the CD attempts to load it's files is a blue screen and nothing further happens !
Your model probably uses a Recovery disk set that is a multi-disk archive - they can only be used one after the other to install all of the original software including Windows that was on the specific brand name model.
You can buy Recovery disk sets for Dell Latitude C400 for XP Home or XP Pro here::
"I tryed it and pressed F12 and selected to rebot from cdrom.
the screen goes black and then nothing happens."
The bios version is probably used for both Dell laptops with integrated optical drives and without them.
You probably must select USB drive, or USB CD drive, or similar.