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godfreyokee
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Install Win XP 64 bit on Dell Dimension 8400

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Hello All

I want to install Windows XP Professional 64-bit on Dell Dimension 8400 (64 bit PC). But I'm not sure which "SATA Operation" mode to be chosen. However, when I tried with  "RAID Autodetect/ AHCI", "RAID Autodetect/ATA", or "RAID ON", I could not install because it gave an error message saying that hard disk not found :(. But I know that hard disk works properly. I note that there is another option "Combination".

1. Can you please some one suggest me the correct installation procedure with right Sata Operation Mode? Please note that I essentially need to install Windows XP Professional 64-bit only, and I don't have floppy drive as well.

2. Moreover, I don't have company CD's for OS or drivers. I can download them in DELL site with the PC's service tag. But I have noticed that there are many drives for the same category, eg: 12 drivers for Video. How can I select the exactly matched drivers among all for this particular PC?

Although I have noticed similar/alternative problems addressed in this this forum, but I couldn't find right solution from those replies. 

Thank you !!!

Frey

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theflash1932
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Re: Install Win XP 64 bit on Dell Dimension 8400

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Since the disk was part of the array before, it may start automatically (should be able to confirm in CTRL-I), but if not, then you may need to start it manually (done in CTRL-I, or even in the OS management utility).

You could also get another cable ... they aren't usually more than $2-3 at any computer parts store.

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theflash1932
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1. Use "RAID Autodetect/ AHCI" ... you will need to load the driver at the F6 prompt during Windows Setup or use nLiteOS.com to integrate the driver into the installation files.  Use nLite without a floppy drive (choose Multiple Driver Files and TextMode Drivers).

Because Dell does not support XPx64 on the 8400, you need to get the drivers from Intel.com (f6flpy64.zip ... must first be unzipped before use):

downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx

2. Many of the specific device drivers can be deduced, but if you are unsure which device you need, go to Device Manager, right-click the device, Properties, Details tab, change dropdown to Hardware Ids, and provide the VEN and DEV ID's, so we can look them up and get you the right drivers.

ALWAYS start by installing the System Software (available from support.dell.com, supports XPx86/x64), then the chipset drivers (must get from Intel.com), THEN you can install other devices.

In any case, this system runs Windows 7 superbly ... I would recommend skipping reinstalling XP and upgrade to Windows 7 instead.

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godfreyokee
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Re: Install Win XP 64 bit on Dell Dimension 8400

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Thanks theflash1932

OK I can install Win7. But, do you think that all original hardware (video, audio, network, etc) came with PC will be working properly? I'm worried if I need to buy and change the existing stuff.

Please help me of solving this, I'm very urgent of fixing my computer 😞

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theflash1932
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Re: Install Win XP 64 bit on Dell Dimension 8400

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Windows 7 takes 15 minutes to install, so the time invested to see if it will work is very minimal.  The 8400 is almost identical to the XPS G4 ... my old XPS runs better with Windows 7 than it ran with XP.  The ONLY thing that didn't work was the game port on the sound card ... no big deal.

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godfreyokee
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Re: Install Win XP 64 bit on Dell Dimension 8400

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Thanks again !!!

I'll try to install Win 7 once I find the OS. Does Win 7 Ultimate 64 bits work for this particular machine? Or is there any better Win 7 version?

I never install Win 7 before. Please let me know if there are any special steps to be followed before or while installing.

Frey  

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theflash1932
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Re: Install Win XP 64 bit on Dell Dimension 8400

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It will depend on the processor, but the system itself supports x64 with a supporting processor.  The max RAM is 4GB, so 64-bit may not be ideal/necessary.

Just put the DVD in, boot to it, delete all partitions listed, then install ... quite simple.

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godfreyokee
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When I press F2, it shows that the processor has following features:

Pro. type= Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.40 GHz; Pro. speed= 3.40 GHz, ............, 64-bit Technology= Yes (Intel EM64T)

I'm thinking that I essentially need 64 bit OS. Is that right?

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theflash1932
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You don't "need" a 64-bit OS, but you "can" install it if you want/need to.  64-bit processors will run 64-bit or 32-bit OS's.

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godfreyokee
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Ok thanks..Once ii find Win 7, I may have problem when I install OS and drivers. I may need your advice again.

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theflash1932
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I'll be here.

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