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February 26, 2012 at 06:16:53
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February 26, 2012 at 08:08:45
How to practise driving without a car..................try and get a cd or download one...then you can do the repair process.

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February 26, 2012 at 08:15:39
What needs to be repaired?

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February 26, 2012 at 13:14:27
We need much more detail than a repeated one-liner.

For example:

IF you can boot to Windows there is System Restore. If not you might make it to Safe Mode (tap F8 while booting) and could do so from there.

Thee could be an inbuilt manufacturers restore on the HD but that depends on the make and model of the computer.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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March 16, 2012 at 11:29:53
I have a CD drive on the PATA channel and a CD drive on the SATA channel. The Dell Optiflex GX280 installs the drivers for each but cannot find the hardware (Code 41)

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March 16, 2012 at 12:22:17
Which hardware ? The SATA drive(s) ?

Read this...

Installing XP and SATA drive controllers, SATA drives; the SATA drive controller bios settings.
See response 2:

After you have read that.....

If the bios has the SATA controller(s) in SATA or AHCI mode, you must install the SATA controller drivers for the motherboard in Windows.

If the bios has the SATA controller(s) in an IDE compatible mode, the SATA drives will be recognized, as IDE compatible drives.

XP doesn't have the drivers built in for most things that first came out after XP was first released, circa 2001, and it doesn't have some of the drivers built in for things made before that.

Whenever you load Windows from a regular Windows CD (or DVD) from scratch, after Setup is finished you must load the drivers for the mboard, particularly the main chipset drivers, in order for Windows to have the proper drivers for and information about your mboard hardware, including it's AGP or PCI-E, ACPI, USB 2.0 if it has it, and hard drive controller support. If you have a generic system and have the CD that came with the mboard, all the necessary drivers are on it. If you load drivers from the web, brand name system builders and mboard makers often DO NOT have the main chipset drivers listed in the downloads for your model - in that case you must go to the maker of the main chipset's web site, get the drivers, and load them.

If you have a Dell Recovery disk labeled - "XP Pro (or Home) Re-installation CD" or similar, that's used the same way as a regular Windows CD - it DOES NOT have extra drivers built into it for your specfic model.
See below.

How To Restore or Reinstall Microsoft Windows on a Dell Computer

Your hard drive may or may not have a Recovery partition that has all the data needed to restore the original contents of C.

Many Dell computers that had XP on them originally that I've come across came with at least one Dell Recovery disk labeled - "XP Pro (or Home) Re-installation CD" or similar, when they were new. If the model came with that, the original software installation DOES NOT have a Recovery partition that has all the data needed to restore the original contents of C.

(Sometimes there is a second Dell CD or DVD that has Drivers and Applications (Programs) or similar on it too.)

That "Re-installation" CD can be used the same way as a regular Windows CD, BUT it can probably ONLY be used with the Dell model it came with, or with one of a a small group of models made at about the same time, to install Windows from scratch, or to run a Repair installation of Windows procedure.

Or - if you can borrow a Microsoft OEM XP CD that has the same version of Windows - XP Home or Pro - as on the official Microsoft label on the outside of the computer case, you can use that to install Windows along with the Product Key on that label.
A Microsoft OEM XP CD has "For distribution with a new PC only." printed on it, and the Microsoft holograms.

In any case....

If you don't have the Recovery disk(s) for your model, you may be able to buy it (them) at one of these web sites:

In at least some cases, you can download the *.iso file(s) to make (burn) the disk(s) as soon as your online payment clears (is approved).

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March 16, 2012 at 13:13:59
I solved it! Went to a Micrososft site and found this:

Go to Regedit
Delete "Upper Filters" and "Lower Filters"
Exit Regedit
Restart computer

Unfortunately I don't remember the site. Should have copied it. It was in the Mr. Fixit somewhere and somehting like "CD DVD not working." Hope this works for someone. It only took me two days to find it. Dell support was not much help. Said try to reinstall Windows Xp. How do you do that when the CD drive does not work?

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March 16, 2012 at 13:23:22

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March 16, 2012 at 14:19:01
Those lines are ONLY made in the Registry
- when Windows detects too many data errors when using the drive
- or - when you have more than one burning program that did not come with Windows installed in Windows.

It is common to un-intentionally damage IDE data cables, especially while removing them - the 80 wire ones are more likely to be damaged. What usually happens is the cable is ripped at either edge and the wires there are either damaged or severed, often right at a connector or under it's cable clamp there, where it's hard to see - if a wire is severed but it's ends are touching, the connection is intermittent, rather than being reliable.
Another common thing is for the data cable to be separated from the connector contacts a bit after you have removed a cable - there should be no gap between the data cable and the connector - if there is press the cable against the connector to eliminate the gap.
80 wire data cables are also easily damaged at either edge if the cable is sharply creased at a fold in the cable.

Try another data cable if in doubt.

80 wire data cables must have the proper end connector connected to the mboard IDE header - usually that's blue, but in any case it's the one farther from the middle connector on a 3 connector data cable.

Check your SATA data cables. The connector on each end should "latch" into the socket on the drive and on the mboard, or on the drive controller card - it should not move when you merely brush your hand against it near the socket - if it does, mere vibration can cause a poor connection of it - use another SATA data cable that does "latch", or tape the connector in place.
(There is a slight projection or bump on one side of the outside of the connector that "latches" it into the socket - it's easily broken off or damaged)

The same thing applies for the SATA power connection.

NEVER install more than one burning program that did not come with Windows in Windows !
(XP has a simple CD burning program built into it.)
They will probably CLASH with each other and cause you problems !

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March 16, 2012 at 14:58:06
Glad to hear you've fixed it but your initial post implied that you had no disk and wanted to fix some issue without one.

It seems it should have said "CD drive not working" which is quite different. We could then have responded about that issue instead.

Whatever, all's well that ends well.

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March 16, 2012 at 17:14:31
The usual situation - luky DID NOT provide enough information !

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