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Dell Latitude C600

By Rough Trader
Oct 20, 2008
  1. Hi all,

    I have been given one of the above notebooks, problem is, it is an old machine used by my friend in his office, it has Windows NT loaded on it, so I formatted another laptop HDD with Windows XP and change the one in there.

    The problem is, on boot up it searches for Windows NT, not found and it returns to the POST state. How can I stop it searching for Windows NT and constantly rebooting?

    Thanks
    Geoff
     
  2. geekygirl63

    geekygirl63 TS Rookie Posts: 54

    Geoff,,

    What type of system did you build the other laptop drive on. Is the processor type the same? Also have have you checked your BIOS ssettings to determine if NT is defined there as the OS to look for?

    I would do this:

    Boot the current hard drive from an XP CD (full install mode) and load XP from scratch on the system you have the drive in. I have found that an XP load for an AMD for example will not boot a system that has a Pentium or Celeron. Also make sure the hardware you have, has XP drivers for all the necessary pieces.

    Happy to provide more information if you need.

    Tracy :)
     
  3. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Yes it is always recommended that you install the OS fresh on the system it will be used with, and not created from another system. The hardware would have to be nearly identical for a "cloned OS" drive to boot properly. I have had limited "cloned OS" boot success with similar chipset systems
     
  4. Rough Trader

    Rough Trader TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hi Tracey & Tmagic,

    I did build the new hard drive from another system, Compaq Presario, that explains why it did not work : thanks for that. How do I tell if the BIOS is cloned to look for NT?

    I will reformat the HDD in ther Dell and do a fresh install of Windows XP see if that works. Let you know how i get on.

    Regards
    Geoff
     
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    I just like to add to the excellent support posts above.

    If you decide to install Windows Xp (fresh install)

    Make sure to remove the Partition during the initial Setup install

    Windows will automatically partition and format a non-partitioned drive. There is no need to manually create a partition or format.
     
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Yes Kimsland, it is important to delete any existing partition(s) before the fresh OS install begins...

    "How do I tell if the BIOS is cloned to look for NT?"...

    The deletion of the old partition will take care of this. The bios "reads" this info from the hard drive, not from itself
     
  7. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Recovery CD's are obsolete many times, even the disc's included with a new laptop. It is also always nice to delete that "recovery" partition that is essentially useless and takes up valuable hard drive space
     
  8. geekygirl63

    geekygirl63 TS Rookie Posts: 54

    Geoff,

    Wondering if you had any luck with the rebuild directly on the Dell. Also are you using a Dell OEM CD for the operating system or a full retail version. Note that an OS distributed by HP won't build a Dell even if you use it on a Dell, because they usually check hardware type before loading. If you have a retail copy of the software however, even if it has been used elsewhere, and the Dell has a valid key (located on the case) you can stilll activate the Windows using the Key located on the Dell. Hope your recovery process is going well.
     
  9. Rough Trader

    Rough Trader TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hi geekygirl,

    Yes the new install went fine as far as it goes. This has presented me with another problem, it did not install any network driver for the on board LAN, does anybody know what the card is and where i find the drivers?

    Regards
    Geoff
     
  10. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Go to Dell's support site under your models downloads & drivers and install the LAN driver from there
     
  11. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

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