Dell C600 laptop booting problem

By cypriano
Feb 1, 2011
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  1. how do i wipe out the hard drive when all I can get on startup is f2, and f8 it wiil not let me reinstall or repair with the disk?
  2. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    Enter BIOS and change the boot device order to:

    1st DVD/CD drive
    2nd Hard disk

    BIOS needs to know to boot from the optical disc before trying to load Windows.
  3. cypriano

    cypriano TS Rookie Topic Starter

    dell c600

    thanks, leeky how do i enter bios? I can ony get to f2 or f8 after welcome screen..
    please step by step would be helpful. I have tried to reinstall and nothing tried to repair and i keep getting the message \windows\system32\config\system ..file missing or corrupt..
    thanks again..

  4. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    It will either be F2 or DEL (though it could be another F number), it will say on the main "DELL" screen, press *** to enter setup.

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