I'm putting a bigger hard drive into my Inspriron 6000 and trying to reinstall Media Direct 3 / Windows XP. I'm following the instuctrions by runing media direct first to partition the HD. But, while the partitioning is completed sucessfully, I get the following error:
Running Media Direct Tools to Activate MD3 Button Capability
[md3patch] Updating XLOADER on disk 80h
[md3patch] Unable to Locate Media Direct BIOS Table
[DOIT.BAT] - Error setting up the MD3 power button strike a key when ready...
I can successfully reinstall windows at this point, but when I try to continue with the Media Direct DVD after the windows reinstall it fails.
I'm running BIOS version A09, as far as I know it is the most recent version.
Any clues would be appreciated.
I should mention that this reinstall is a result of the windows/system32/config/system directory apparenttly getting wiped out on the original HD (my daughter was using it at the time, I don't know what went wrong). I had been planning to upgrade my HD for some time, so I am forced to do it now. I did run diagnostics on the laptop with the new HD installed and it passed.
Did you ever get this issue resolved? I am running into the exact same issue trying to reinstall XP on an Inspiron E1505.
I'm getting the exact same message while attempting a reinstall on my Inspiron 6000. My HD crashed and I'm installing a new bigger HD. Did you get any resolution to this through Dell? How did you solve it or work around?