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Well, I was given the task by my boss to fix his old dell optiplex GX260 with windows xp but have ran into several annoying problems. His computer has viruses and he just told me to wipe it and install Win7 on it; easier said than done... First off the CDROM doesn't detect the Win7 cd so I cant boot to it. So I borrow a friends external cd drive and now the cd is detected in windows but not in the bios so it won't boot to the disk. Then I try to install Win7 in windows and it appears to be working until it asks me which hard drive do I want to install windows on. There are no hard drives to choose from. It says to load the drivers for the hard drive but I cant find them on the internet. I pretty much don't know what to do at this point so I need your help. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks

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Edited by skatpex99 - 3/11/11 at 11:11am
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I deal alot with these kind of computers. You need to have replacement parts. Exchange the CD Rom drive with another. A GX260 will boot from USB, whether it's a flash drive, CD or HDD. I do i tall the time.
    
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I deal alot with these kind of computers. You need to have replacement parts. Exchange the CD Rom drive with another. A GX260 will boot from USB, whether it's a flash drive, CD or HDD. I do i tall the time.
How do you enable that in bios? The boot order only lets me choose from cdrom, floppy, or hard drive.
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There is a settings that allows USB enabled boot.
    
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Best things i've found with Dells is to reformat the Hdd on an external computer then preform a clean install, but with all dells they like to make a recovery partition on the hdd.

Also, a new dvd drive is like 10euros and external usb dvd drives are not recomended to install an OS,

If your boss has given you the cash for the retail version of win 7 you should be fine, if you're using a OEM, it might not work as Dell often use BTX mobos with prohibitive technologies to ensure you buy another dell if it breaks, still there are ways round, a replacement mobo is always a good option and they're usually cheap.
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There is a settings that allows USB enabled boot.
I am in the bios and have looked at every option and non of them have anything to do with booting from a usb device.
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Best things i've found with Dells is to reformat the Hdd on an external computer then preform a clean install, but with all dells they like to make a recovery partition on the hdd.

Also, a new dvd drive is like 10euros and external usb dvd drives are not recomended to install an OS,

If your boss has given you the cash for the retail version of win 7 you should be fine, if you're using a OEM, it might not work as Dell often use BTX mobos with prohibitive technologies to ensure you buy another dell if it breaks, still there are ways round, a replacement mobo is always a good option and they're usually cheap.
Would I just stick the hdd into another computer and run the win7 disk to reformat the hdd?
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Quote:
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There is a settings that allows USB enabled boot.
I thought boot from USB was added to the gx270, I don't remember the 260s having it.

The biggest thing is to talk him out of windows 7 on that old clunker, it's going to run like crap IMO. Switch cd drive and do xp?
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Hrm.. Perhaps I did get my models mixed up. If I did, I apologize. I'll double check today when I get in to work.



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There are other ways of getting around the issue, as pointed out, removing the HDD and putting it in another machine for formatting/scanning. Also you can replace the CD/ROM with a working one and try to boot from it. Depends on whether the 260 is a slim line or desktop model. They made three sizes if I remember correctly.
    
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I thought boot from USB was added to the gx270, I don't remember the 260s having it.

The biggest thing is to talk him out of windows 7 on that old clunker, it's going to run like crap IMO. Switch cd drive and do xp?
He doesnt have any of the disks that came with the computer so I dont have the xp disk. I have read that win7 will run on 512mb ram ok but not great. The case still have the xp key sticker with the key on it. Can I use that somehow to download xp?
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