Message Edited by NemesisDB on 01-08-2006 09:55 PM
Djangojazz, a couple of clarifications.... FDisk is used to partition the hard drive and not format it. FDisk is also a utility of the operating system and not a feature of the BIOS.
I am assuming that you are trying to partition and format the hard drive in order to re-install Windows XP. If that is correct then the process of partitioning and formatting the hard drive is part of the Windows XP installation. Unlike the earlier versions of Windows, Windows XP includes the FDisk and Formatting utilities as part of the operating system installation process. Click here for the information Denny Denham has provided on his web site about re-installing Windows XP on a Dell system. This is the best information I can point you to since Dell has currently removed all the software installation guides from their web site.
If you continue to have problems with the installation of Windows XP then I would suggest posting your problem in the Software - Windows XP forum. That would be a better venue in which to discuss installation problems rather than the BIOS forum.
Thank you very much, I found that out myself last night and now everything is peachy except that I have a ghost of Win XP when I start. I go to load windows and it gives me 2 options, the first works the second it says has been corrupted. Can I destroy the 2nd version of windows that doesn't work? Also now after installation everything works super fast and great, with speeds back where they should be an internet test exceeding what I hoped.
But now my soundcard isn't reading my speakers? Weird, their lights still come on and a diagnostic of the soundcard, Creative Soundblaster Live 24, shows everything is fine yet a speaker test does nothing. Could the speakers have been installed wrong or lost something? Should I reinstall my audio card physically? How could I troubleshoot this?
Message Edited by Majestic on 01-10-2006 11:25 AM
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