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ashley47



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 3:38 pm    Post subject: please help Reply with quote

hi, i am having trouble setting up a new hard drive. it is a 3.5" ide hdd for a desktop. every time i boot up on my hp pavilion 7865 (very old) i get no operating system found. i have a windows xp installation disc. i have my hdd on the primary master and my dvd drive on the secondary master (correct?).
i cant /dont know how to get in to bios to set to boot from dvd.
any help would be greatly appreciated.
ashley
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SoftStag



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Ashley, welcome to the forums!

It sounds like you have everything connected up right, it's just that the PC is booting from the hard drive rather than the DVD drive. I'm not familiar with the PC you are using, so not sure of how to get in to the BIOS to change the boot order. Try F2 or Del, if they don't work, it should say on the very first screen that comes up. If it goes too quickly to read, press Pause/Break to pause the POST. If there is a HP splash screen hiding what is going on, then press Esc to clear the splash screen.

Hope this helps!
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ashley47



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi thanks for the speedy reply. i have tried all possible keys for getting into bios: f1,f2,f6,f10,f11,esc,del all with no success. if i hold f12 or f1 or f10 it seems to stay at the hp loading screen for longer but no bios and operating system not found is still shown. i have read about being able to reset bios by removing battery for a period of time or somethig to do with jumpers. i am not very technical and dont know how to do either.
any help would be greatly appreciated.
ashley
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If your system has a floppy drive, disconnect the power to it, the POST should fail and give an option to enter setup.
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