Replaced HDD NOW what??

Dell INSPIRON
April 8, 2009 at 00:11:53
Specs: Windows xp, 1.7
Hi everyone,

First let me say that I appreciate all your help.
I had to replace the HD in my 2003 Dell Inspiron that is Actually NOW a Lattitude d800 it had a issuse with a bad mobo which was replaced with a board from a lattitude. After many hours on the phone with Dell they determined th HDD was bad,it originally had a 40gb and I upgraded to a Western digital 250 gb Hd.

When I start the computer in setup screen it shows no Hd.

Can any one tell me what I need to do next.

If I boot from CD using XP upgrade disk I get a kernal error

What am I doing wrong??


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#1
April 8, 2009 at 02:14:37
You should go in BIOS setup and check that HD is detected or not.

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#2
April 8, 2009 at 10:27:58
when I go into bios it does not show the HDD

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#3
April 8, 2009 at 11:08:19
You may not have the drive configured correctly, or your BIOS can't configure a 250GB hard drive. Look at the link below for information on 48bit LBA compliance.

Is the drive a SATA or IDE type drive?

http://www.48bitlba.com/index.htm


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#4
April 8, 2009 at 12:34:02
It is Ide.

I have been Able to get computer to find HDD which is not fromatted and there is not any option to format in the bios.

Retail windows disk does not recongonize not completeing intial boot for set up.


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#5
April 8, 2009 at 12:47:48
You can't format the drive from the bios and you can't install xp from an upgrade disk. You first need an operating system to upgrade. You will need to get a full version disk of whatever operating system you wish.

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#6
April 8, 2009 at 13:19:38
I see no mention of an upgrade disk. Am I missing something?

You may have your boot order set wrong. You need to change the boot order to have the CD drive listed BEFORE the hard drive.

More importantly, watch the POST screens at start up to verify that ALL installed drives are properly identified by both the model and the FULL capacity. If the drive shows only 127GB you will have a problem down the road with data corruption.

If you don't SEE any POST screens then you need to disable fast boot and all logos in the BIOS screens.


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#7
April 8, 2009 at 13:26:12
OtheHill, see the original post

If I boot from CD using XP upgrade disk I get a kernal error


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#8
April 8, 2009 at 15:08:51
OK, I see it now.

Kari

What version of Windows did you upgrade from when you got the WinXP upgrade CD?


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#9
April 8, 2009 at 15:13:25
OK,I have gotten my hands on a full retail version of XP and when I cold started the computer (attempting to format copmuter) It will say that it is checking the system then goes to the blue SCSI, RaiD screen ,begins install the gives a code of "i\386.halacpi.dll error" and cancels setup.

So I figure out that the HD is to big for mother board, so I ordered a 80 gb HD which will be here tomorrow (4/8) .

I suspect that this may be one of the issues,If not I give up,and will take it to the shop and slow down to 50 and throw it at them.

Thanks again

And I will keep you all posted.


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#10
April 8, 2009 at 15:16:02
You make things more difficult than necessary.

I showed you how to determine if your computer can handle a drive larger than 127GB in #6.

Did you follow those instructions?


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#11
April 8, 2009 at 15:19:45
I did and It would not let me do that kept giving me a code.

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#12
April 8, 2009 at 15:22:24
Ok it had Xp Home on it intially and That is what I have as both a New retail version and a retail upgrade.

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#13
April 8, 2009 at 15:23:52
I don't care about that right now. Did you watch the POST screens or not? Do not try to boot to the CD at this time.

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#14
April 8, 2009 at 15:35:42
othill
I dont understand what you mean by post screen,

Can you elaborate?


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#15
April 8, 2009 at 15:41:05
POST screens are text screens that appear when the computer is first started. The screens show the hardware being configured and the memory being tested. Many times these screens do not show and you only see a logo from Dell, in your case.

Reread #6 to fix that condition if it is happening.


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#16
April 8, 2009 at 16:07:31
when It boots it say no bootable drive.

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#17
April 8, 2009 at 18:08:35
I give up.

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#18
April 8, 2009 at 21:37:30
thank you for trying
I assure you that I have tried EVERTHING that you have suggested and now I take it to the shop .

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