Am attempting a reformat. Cannot boot from the XP reinstallation CD because my computer cannot boot from CD. The only remedy is an OEM hard disc driver download onto floppies. I have no floppy drive. Any suggestions?
Why won't it boot from the CD? If it fails to detect a CD, then you'll need to replace the drive to load Windows, or use an external USB CD drive.
Try this, at the Dell screen press F2 to enter "Setup". Under "Drives">SATA Operation> set to "Raid/ATA Autodetect" and Exit saving Settings.
XPS 410 Core2, 2.4 Ghz, 8Gb, Win7 64
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Or try this At the Dell splash screen tap the F12 key to enter the boot menu. Once in the boot menu chose the option to boot from the onboard CDRom.