Computer hardware problem after XP reinstallation HELP?

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December 30, 2011 at 07:00:47
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.793 GHz / 3070 MB
O/S WindowsXP SP3 MCE 2005,Dell XPS400 2.8GHz Dual Core Pentium D,3G.B. DDR2 RAM, 250G.B. Hard Drive
It amazes me how you must have a floppy drive to re-install your O/S with the SATA drive working yet they sell the PC's with no floppy drive included or even suggest you add one when deciding on added features you may want with the purchase ? Iam going thru a nightmare with my Dell system. My H.D. is set to RAID Autodetect/ATA . However on every bootup Iam prompted to press F1 in order for the bootup to load the O/S . Now I have lost the function of my DVD's they are only being reconized as standard CD-ROM drives ? In WindowsXP the are listed as a DVD-ROM and my secondary as the DVD+-RW , however in system information it shows there are no drivers loaded except standard CD-ROM and under specs it says "unknown" . In the BIOS only one of the drives are listed and its on IDE ? How do I correct this I cant watch DVD's in Cine player yet the codec from Cine player allows my TV Wonder to work properly . Where can I find the correct drivers to get the DVD drives working as they should ? Do I need to flash the BIOS ,a scary thought for me ? Any and all help greatly appreciated , I want my two DVD drives working again. Iam currently out of work and cant afford to have a PC tech repair this for me ,so Iam hoping with the good help of I can get things running as they should.I can live with the press F1 on bootup I just want to get my DVD drives reconized and working correctly !
Thank You ,Nick

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December 30, 2011 at 07:59:34
"My H.D. is set to RAID Autodetect/ATA"

Why? are you running a RAID array?

XP was created & released before SATA devices went mainstream, therefore it doesn't support SATA drives "out of the box". Newer systems don't necessarily need a floppy drive because they run Vista or Win7 - both of them DO support SATA, so all you need to do is boot off the DVD to run the installation.

There are at least 3 different methods of installing XP on a SATA HDD:

1. press F6 at the start of XP setup & load the SATA drivers from a floppy
2. change the SATA setting in the BIOS to "IDE mode", install XP, load the SATA drivers after XP is installed, then change the SATA BIOS setting again
3. create a new XP disk with the SATA drivers already slipstreamed into it.

Make sure you have all the latest drivers installed for the motherboard chipset, audio, video, etc. Being that your system is old/outdated, Dell may not have the latest drivers available at their site. Check the individual hardware manufacturer's sites - AMD/ATI, NVIDIA, Intel, Realtek, etc. And make sure you have SP3, IE8, Wndows Media Player 11, & all the other Windows Updates installed, along with a lightweight anti-virus (AVAST, AVG, Microsoft Security Essentials, etc). Stay away from the bloated retail software such as Norton, McAfee, etc. There is so much decent open source software available that there's rarely any need to pay for retail software anymore. And make sure to have a decent cleaner such as CCleaner-Slim installed & use it regularly.

Why are you using Cine Player to watch DVDs? You should be using WMP 11 along with the latest available codec pack, or VLC Media Player.

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December 30, 2011 at 14:12:28
I believe one of the clues to the problem is in the very question raised in the subject heading, but not mentioned further in the detailed explanation.

The problem arose after XP reinstallation

The place to get appropriate drivers is Dell. Go there and input the service tag number to get directly to the drivers for the system.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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December 30, 2011 at 16:27:15
This guy has a reputation for trashing his systems & then trying to fix them again. He's been doing it for years.

From what I could find, DXP051 is a Dimension 9150. Apparently it's aka XPS 400? There's not much on Dell's site about the XPS 400 though.

The drivers for the Dimension 9150 haven't been updated in 5 yrs, that's why I recommended searching for them individually. For instance, the Intel chipset driver at the Dell site is dated 4/14/2006, the driver at the Intel site is dated 11/11/2011. If he still has the ATI Radeon X300 SE, the Dell driver is dated 3/08/2006, the driver at the AMD/ATI site is dated 2/24/2010.

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December 31, 2011 at 06:49:12
First of all I did not trash my systm . Even though I had Microsoft Security Essentials and it was up to date, I still had a virus ruin my XP installation . All of my desktop icons started to disappear and then all of my installed programs . I already had all of the applications recomended just now installed, CCleaner, I.E. ver8 . I had purchased SP3 on CD from Microsoft and installed that and then installed al the other updates and hotfixes.If fact it was some of the Windows Updates that would screw up things like the ability to update the TV Guide in the Media Center.Its like you have to know which updates to avoid and which ones are OK .
At this point the only other option in the BIOS is "Combination" ,however when I attempt to change the setting to that in the BIOS ,I recieve a prompt that changing the setting may cause my O/S to fail to load ? I really dont want to go thru another re-install .The OEM installation disk seems to not fully install the O/S . I deleted the partition created a new partition ,reformatted it in NTFS format ,and the let the install run . After the fresh re-install I first installed the chipset drivers then the video drivers,network interface card drivers, audio and then all other drivers. I have the entire set of installation CD's suppplied to me by Dell. All I really want at this point is to get the functionality of my two DVD drives (DVD-ROM & DVD+-RW) I appreciate those whom replied with suggestions . I would like to know if those who suggested certain drivers could give me a direct link to those drivers.Everytime I do a search for the DVD drivers I end up at some web site that attempts to sell you the Driver Detective app. which I dont want .HAPPY NEW YEAR to All and please help me have a happy new year by getting my DVD drives working once again !
Thank You Sincerely ,Nick

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December 31, 2011 at 09:31:37
Iam posting back again today after going to the Dell web site and downloading the updated drivers for both my DVD drives.Much to my surprise I can now watch DVD movies in Cine player so it appears the drivers are working? So I want to thank everyone once again and wish you all a Happy New Year and a properous one also !
Take Care Nick

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