Non OC ? - Need Help re Dell Dimension 8300 WinXp Install - Tia

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I have rescued an orphaned Dell Dimension 8300 that was slated for the
dumpster.  It has powered up fine,I could boot into bios no problem, but it
would not boot into an OS environment (assuming it had one loaded).  I
pulled the drive and opened it on another machine.  All was working well
(and it did have WinXp present) so I reformtted the drive and reinstalled
into the dell case.

 My intention was to install a fresh WinXp Home on the Dell system.  The
 problem is the process will not start.  It simply goes to a bios style
 screen indicating select F1 for proceeding with setup or F2 for bios.
 Hitting F1 just keeps bringing up the request and never proceeds past this
 point.  By the way I have no drivers or dell supplied software.

I have never had any experience with dell products having generally built my
own systems.  I guessing there may be some restriction that Dell has in
place to prevent "private" OS installs (those without there software

Any help would be appreicated, and if all else fails I will just part the
unit.  But I have a grandaughter that would love a system like this as it
would be an upgrade for her.

Thank you for any help offered.

Re: Non OC ? - Need Help re Dell Dimension 8300 WinXp Install - Tia wrote:
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Dear Jb,

the owner's manual for the 8300 is here:

On page 67 of 146:  looks like you hit "F12" immediately after the Dell
logo appears.

If it boots into Windows or does not otherwise give you the "boot from
CD" option, try it again.

When "press any key to boot from CD" appears, press the Any key.



Re: Non OC ? - Need Help re Dell Dimension 8300 WinXp Install - Tia

Thanks BC.  I will try F12 to see if the boot from CD appears, if not will
check out the link for more info.  

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