CD Reader” shown under devices and press the space bar to enable it? I’ve only recently used Ubuntu You should be able to lightly touch the exterior of the HDD case to see if it’s spinning. Secondary Hard Drive not found. Be the first to review this item. Posted on Mar 28, Most likely a problem with jumpers or cables.

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Experience the convenience of Alexa, now on your PC. Connect each to its own cable on the end connector not middle. Really I have never seen that and I have worked with quite a few discs over the years. It works for me.

After you create and format the fat partition using the XP CD, it will go immediately into installation and start gathering a list of files to be copied, shutdown before any copying so the partition is still empty and move the HD over to the Optiplex and use the FreeDOS CD to install on the newly created C: After installing XP, if you wish you can go back into the BIOS and change the boot order to boot from the hard disk first. Have you pressed F12 on startup to get the boot menu?

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Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. The only option I have and it’s a long shot, is dell I have another computer that allows me to boot from CD. Put in cd and restart and if it does not ask to boot to cd u have to tom boot order in bios to boot to CD rom first. Most likely a problem with jumpers or cables. I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher.


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I didn’t have the password for the user account so I went into Safe Mode and picked the Administrator account.

The end result of that is the POST is much, much quicker.

The hard drive has an English version of XP Home. Don’t hold the F8 key down – keep pressing it! If you can get a floppy drive installed, I’ll go through the routine about making a special floppy similar to an ISO that will list the CD ROM and allow you to boot from it.

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve set up a machine and installed something I could buy a new Prius. Instant Repair Help over the Phone 6ya. It’s pretty bad at booting some new machines. They want me to install a Spanish version of XP Pro. Someone on the board just mentioned that there is a 32gb limit for a FAT32 partition. See if CD is in boot sequence.

If still not recognized connect it to the end connector on the HD cable by itself no HD and see if it is recognized. I don’t think you have a graphics issue.


The email address entered is already associated to an account. They bought a machine and a hard drive. I used the default options including writing a new MBR to the disc except for one of the last screens where I enabled Smartdrv from the list of about 7 options.

I’m thinking after several tries, maybe there’s some a mismatch it needs more stuff although my gut feeling is that the core files should be enough so I put the hard drive back into the HP machine, it boots up as expected and finishes the install.

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I owned an old Optiplex GX There was a time when the BIOS worked correctly. There will be a few flashes of light from the CD drive as it starts to boot and then nothing, as above.

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Pressing F1 goes to the HD boot.