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Old 26th July, 2006, 02:41 PM
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Dell!!!!

HAHAHa, my colleague bought a Dell!!!

on the serious side, the HD fell over, now he hasn't got an OS to play with, he bought a replacement HD form PCWorld (will he never learn?) and can't get the Dell recovery disk to install XP on the machine - what do I have to do to sort it out for him?
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Old 26th July, 2006, 03:26 PM
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forget it guys, he's decided to bring in a "professional" - fair enough. If you've got money to burn, why not!
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Old 26th July, 2006, 03:34 PM
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How old's the machine?
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Old 26th July, 2006, 05:46 PM
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Probably quite hard to use the recovery disc on teh new HDD since some files that the CD looks for when checking the authenticity of the machine will be absent. Would be best to buy XP Pro and install it fresh.
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Old 26th July, 2006, 07:18 PM
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might be checking drive size...they use blank drives when first installing anyway.
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Old 27th July, 2006, 03:31 AM
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Set the BIOS to boot from cd before hdd. But, usually on a blank disk, I still put the hdd first because when there is nothing to boot from on the hd, it will search the cd rom second and boot from it. After the text mode part of setup is finished, the computer will restart and boot from the hd and continue with setup.
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Old 27th July, 2006, 03:58 AM
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If I remember right, there is a check the CD runs to make sure all the proper hardware is there. This is why there is usually a label on the drive telling you to replace with the following part number...
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Old 27th July, 2006, 05:02 AM
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i'd slap him around or give him lil shocks till he realizes that Dell is EVIL!
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Old 27th July, 2006, 12:10 PM
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Leave it to a Klingon to take the subtle approach...
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*sighs*

captaincurran...

Shut up.

The man who owns Dell makes a helluva lot more than you.


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yes from dell laptops that crash and burn... and in the case of my second dell laptop, smoke.
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Was it a black dirty smoke or the electric blue smoke that signals the release of another processor into the either?

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If it be blue, count yourself blessed Dude! ":O}
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it was a grey smoke from the PSU port on it.
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oh, sorry.... then your just another loser with a broken Dell...

( I don't just make this stuff up you know!":O}
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nah, i sent my laptop back to where i got it so they'd fix it. (the Children's Aid Society) and my social worker is procrastinating in returning it back up to me. stupid 10 hour driving distance.
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Was it a black dirty smoke or the electric blue smoke that signals the release of another processor into the either?

Lighting blots retrieve them, returning their efforts to the great calculations between time and space!

If it be blue, count yourself blessed Dude! ":O}
I hate it when the magic blue smoke leaks out...Never seem to be able to get it back in there...
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How are ya going to keep 'em down on the farm once the sees the bright lights of the city!?
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I tell ya you all got this wrong. The laptop spirit is now in heaven, that is what the holysmoke was all about!
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This makes more sense.....RIP
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No it doesn't! LOL
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