installing xp over linux hard drive fail

September 23, 2010 at 01:57:34
Specs: Windows XP
hi all i just tried to install xp over linux by just booting from the cd drive worked fine up to the partition stage were stupidly or not i deleted both partitions rebooted then got NTLDR missing looked around and got a fix for this that didn't work now at the stage dios not picking up on cd drive so cant boot from cd can boot from flash drive but what do i put on the flash drive to get it to boot up into eather windows or back to linux
thanks in advance

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#1
September 23, 2010 at 02:03:08
check if the cd drive is recognized in bios, then set boot order like this (1.Fdd 2.Cd/dvd drive 3.Hdd etc.)

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#2
September 23, 2010 at 02:47:34
it can see the cd drive but cant boot from it saying
PXE-E61 media test failure chack cable
PXE-MOF exiting pxe rom
it is a usb dvd disk drive HP so dios should pick it up ???

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#3
September 23, 2010 at 02:50:00
Does the BIOS show support for Booting from USB Optical drive ?

If not you will need an internal Optical Drive !


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#4
September 23, 2010 at 03:13:26
yes have usb boot option i am trying unetbootin at the moment to see if i can get back to linux than start again or is there a boot usb drive for windows

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#5
September 23, 2010 at 04:29:24
USB Boot Option, this is not what I queeried, it could be that it only supports booting from a Flash Drive.

See: http://wintoflash.com/home/en/


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#6
September 23, 2010 at 04:45:45
ok got ubuntu up on the system through a flash drive but still cant see cd drive

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#7
September 23, 2010 at 07:04:00
"i deleted both partitions rebooted then got NTLDR missing"

You should not have rebooted. You should have deleted all partitions, then repartitioned immediately, then formated & continued with the installation.

Double check your boot order setting in the BIOS. If you have a floppy drive, the order should be floppy, CD drive, HDD. The "PXE-E61 media test failure" means that the system checked these 3 devices & found that they're unbootable, so it moved on to a 4th option - attempting to boot off a network. You don't have a network, therefore you're getting the error message & the prompt to check the cable. Disable the network boot option.

Remember that you need to "press any key" to be able to boot off the XP disk. If you don't, the system will bypass the CD drive.


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