Message Edited by amy68 on 11-06-2005 04:27 PM
Message Edited by amy68 on 11-06-2005 05:19 PM
The 3500 does NOT have an F12 onetime boot order option. Provided that you have entered BIOS by pressing F2 during boot up when the splash screen is displayed, and set the Boot order in BIOS for CD Drive ahead of the Harddrive, the W-XP CD should prompt you briefly during boot to "Press any key to boot from the CD"(watch for and do it) and then prompt you about partitiioning and formatting the Harddisk, then install W_XP on the freshly prepared drive. I have had 2 of these pass through my hands for refurbing and then selling on EBay. I would ignore the error messages about the Suspend stuff as Hibernation does not need it and works better than suspend anyway. That is set up by default when Windows XP has been installed.
You do not need the System Software CD as it had drivers only for W98. W-XP will install almost-if not all-all drivers needed if you do a clean install
I will advise you to get more memory(at least 256mb) before installing W-XP and at least a 20gb Harddrive, or stay with a less demanding OS. I used a 60gb drive and 512mb (2x256mb)PC100 Low Density 16chip Modules on one for 6 months with W-XP and also installed a 600mhz MMC-2 Celeron. It didn't exactly zip, but it worked fast enough. Yeah, I know Dell says less than 20 gb, 256mb PC66 max, and a 400mhz CPU, but I am telling you what I know works from practical experience
Message Edited by leduke30 on 11-08-2005 01:03 AM