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Boot Sequence

This feature allows users to change the sequence of devices from which the computer boots.
Option Settings

    * Normal — (Available only for the current boot process) The computer attempts to boot from the sequence of devices specified in system setup.
    * Diskette Drive — The computer attempts to boot from the floppy drive. If the floppy disk in the drive is not bootable, or if no floppy disk is in the drive, the computer generates an error message.
    * Hard Drive — The computer attempts to boot from the primary hard drive. If no operating system is on the drive, the computer generates an error message.
    * CD Drive — The computer attempts to boot from the CD drive. If no CD is in the drive, or if the CD has no operating system, the computer generates an error message.
    * PXE — As the computer boots, press <F3> to display a menu that allows you to select a method for booting from a network server. If a boot routine is not available from the network server, the system attempts to boot from the next device in the boot sequence list.
    * USB Flash Device — Insert the key into a USB port and restart the computer. When F12 = Boot Menu appears in the upper-right corner of the screen, press <F12>. The BIOS detects the key and adds the USB key option to the boot menu.
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Changing Boot Sequence for Future Boots

   1. <LI value=1>Enter system setup.
   2. Use the arrow keys to highlight the Boot Sequence menu option and press <Enter> to access the pop-up menu.

NOTE: Write down your current boot sequence in case you want to restore it.

   1. <LI value=3>Press the up- and down-arrow keys to move through the list of devices.
   2. Press the spacebar to enable or disable a device (enabled devices have a checkmark).

      <LI value=5>Press plus (+) or minus (–) to move a selected device up or down the list.
      HDD Priority
          * HDD (default)
          * USB Device
      NOTE: To boot from a USB memory device, select the USB device and move it to make it the first device.
If you don't have this option, you may need to update the bios version on it.
post #12 of 41
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Originally Posted by skatpex99 View Post
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?
As long as you have a XP Pro or Home CD (no matter the SP's) you should be able to match the key with an install. If activation fails or you use a XP version that has an OEM key embedded, you'll need to run a VBS script from MS to change the key to the one on the box, then activate the key.

If the key is for Pro, use Pro, if it is for Home, use Home.

( edit )

Definitely do not put Windows 7 on that thing unless you can fire up 2GB worth of memory in it, and even then, it'll still be very slow.
    
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Originally Posted by GanjaSMK View Post
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.



@OP

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.
It is the slim model. I have an old computer that I can steal the cd drive from and see if that works but when I tried to do the install in windows, it couldn't detect a hdd in the win7 setup installation program. It said it needed hardware drivers. Will I have to deal with that issue if I could get it to boot from the disk? Thanks btw to all the people who have helped so far.
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Originally Posted by skatpex99 View Post
It is the slim model. I have an old computer that I can steal the cd drive from and see if that works but when I tried to do the install in windows, it couldn't detect a hdd in the win7 setup installation program. It said it needed hardware drivers. Will I have to deal with that issue if I could get it to boot from the disk? Thanks btw to all the people who have helped so far.
It shouldn't unless the included WDM drives in Windows 7 do not support those kinds of older devices, which wouldn't surprise me. You really need to talk your boss out of Windows 7.

XP will be much better for that machine. Get 2GB of memory, max it out. It's not worth trying to run Windows 7 on that thing, trust me. That thing was made for XP and it handles XP extremely well even just 512MB/1GB of RAM.
    
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It is the slim model. I have an old computer that I can steal the cd drive from and see if that works but when I tried to do the install in windows, it couldn't detect a hdd in the win7 setup installation program. It said it needed hardware drivers. Will I have to deal with that issue if I could get it to boot from the disk? Thanks btw to all the people who have helped so far.
Just install XP until you get more RAM. We used to have these computers at school before we replaced them with Lenovos, they were slow on 7.
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I thought Win7 was on a dvd, not a cd and the you can update the bios all you want and a GX260 will never boot to usb. Starts with the GX270..... just to make it confusing tho' there is a GX620 that is newer.... Also, please open up the computer and check for swollen or burst capacitors (just on general principles, because the GX260/270 was plagued with this).. i know it has nothing to do with what he is doing, but if they are swollen or burst, then don't bother because the computer will stiop working soon enough.
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windows 7 runs fine on old crap pcs.

Just put it on classic theme and turn off the graphical enhancements "best performance" and it runs good even with 512 ram.
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windows 7 runs fine on old crap pcs.

Just put it on classic theme and turn off the graphical enhancements "best performance" and it runs good even with 512 ram.
You sure about that!?
    
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also if you put that hd in another pc DISCONNECT your drive. and go into win 7 and format it their. so the infected drive dont mess up your drives. I also install win 7 from a usb stick as i got ssds its 7 mins to install. and then i for a folder on the stick for all my drivers/programs takes me like 3 hours to be fully installed and games installed besides steams games but thos are on a different ssd so i dont need to re download it all , but ya its a dell good luck (i hate dells)
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Also, tell your boss to get a newer computer! You can get a refurb C2D computer over here for like $200 or so.....
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?Inv...OS-1B&cpc=RESX

@GfhTattoo... a gx260 is super slow and has usb 1.1 ports (that you can't boot from). So it is nice that you can load Win7 that fast but it would never happen on a GX260.... it is slow....
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