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Sounds like maybe the hard drive is starting to fail (very common in a 15 yr. old laptop). See/get a new one here:

You should try and locate the support page for your Dell at, because if you try to reinstall XP on a new hard drive, most likely many drivers will be missing, and you would have to get them from the Dell support page.

But installing XP in 2018 would leave you without hundreds of updates, as Microsoft has not supported XP since April 2014. They have not supported Vista since April 2017. So I would recommend upgrading to at least Windows 7, as Microsoft will probably support it until 2020.

I just installed Windows 7 on an old HP Celeron (Celeron processor is like one notch better than a Pentium 4). It works pretty well - turned off all the Win7 Aero junk to make it run a little faster. I can even watch YouTube on it and stuff! lol.

Good luck.

Hitachi... | Answered on Jan 18, 2018

Creo que ese laptop no supporta SATA para XP, y se puede tratar hacer lo con un cambio en BIOS.

Prende el laptop, y empuja "F2" inmediatamente cuando aparece el Dell logo. En el setup menu en BIOS empuja "SATA native mode" para tenerlo apagado.

Inserta el Windows XP CD en el CD ROM drive, y apagar y apagar el lapto.

Hitachi... | Answered on Jan 14, 2018

Running under the assumption that the CD is actually working, have you checked the BIOS settings to indicate that you want the CD to be the first boot device?

Alternatively, some if not most systems will accept an F12 during boot up to query the user where to boot from.

Hitachi... | Answered on Jan 06, 2018

you have to backup the mbr before edit. also try use command Fdisk /mbr command to repair mbr.
also pls try to use bootable recovery disk like hiran boot disk, you can use hbcd menu and disk tools and choose disk genius or data recovery

Hitachi... | Answered on Dec 25, 2017

close the system down
reboot holding down the delete key until the bios scree comes up
change the boot sequence to cd as first boot
save and exit
open the cd and insert the cd
close down the system the reboot
That way it boots from the cd and installs the porgram

Hitachi... | Answered on Sep 10, 2017

Use AOMEI Partition Assistant,a free Windows partition software, to clone data or OS from one hard drive to another.

Hitachi... | Answered on Aug 18, 2017

Go into the notebooks bios and see if there is a boot from USB in the boot sequence section. If there is, then enable it. If there is none, then it will never boot from an external drive.

Hitachi... | Answered on Jun 27, 2017

1. Boot into Linux.
2. Use "fdisk" command to delete "ext" partitions. // In fact, no need to use other tools (e.g. killdisk)
3. Run "fdisk" command as root.
4. For those who don't know how to use "fdisk", I provide an example here. (Read the man page of "fdisk" will be better)

//Remember !!! fdisk can format your hard disk (which will erase all your data), use it with great care -- unless you know what you are doing, otherwise don't use it. (I will not take any responsibility of my suggestion)

i) fdisk /dev/sda
.) For those who use PATA (Parallel IDE) : fdisk /dev/hda
.) For those who use second hard disk : fdisk /dev/sdb (2nd SATA hard disk), fdisk /dev/hdb (2nd PATA hard disk), fdisk /dev/sdc (3rd SATA hard disk) and so on ... {sd [a, b, c, d, ...]}
.) fdisk "what" depends on where your linux partition is.
ii) use "m" to read the available options
iii) press "d"
iv) press the number of the partition you want to delete
v) Remember ! if you don't want to make the change, press "q" at any time. (that means quit without saving)
vi) If you want to make the change, press "w" (that means write the change to hard disk)
5. There may sometimes cause a warning message say something about not synchronize the disk (because you cannot make changes while you are using the partition -- if you are booting the partition now), the change will occur after you shutdown and reboot the system.
6. Okay, you can reboot the system now and you will find that the partition is empty now.
7. You can install XP or what ever now.

** For those who cannot use "fdisk", my simplest suggestion is to re-install Linux if you don't have any other tools (such as killdisk). And then you should be able to use "fdisk". In fedora 8, you can even choose formatting the hard disk in "vfat" file system (which can be recognized by almost all computer include windows xp and so on -- see "File Allocation Table" wiki) during installation. Therefore, no need to run fdisk

Hitachi... | Answered on May 31, 2017

the RAW drive means the hard drive is raw, i.e not formatted. Your hard drive had a partition failure. The best way to go about this problem is to download the Easeus Partition Manager Free, and run a partition recovery procedure. Sofar there are only positive reports about Easeus, and I too have positive ones (saved 1.5TB of data just recently) so I wholeheartedly recommend it.
Once you download it and install it, the interface is quite easy to understand and easy to follow.

If this was helpful and informative please vote with a Thumb Up. Thank you.

Hitachi... | Answered on Oct 09, 2016

It depends on the OS you use !

On most versions of Windows, right click on the letter of the drive, then click "properties".
In the new window, go to "Tools" tab, and click "Verify now".
Check the the two repair boxes and run the program.
(terms may vary according to version of Windows).
Windows will ask you to reboot to launch the analysis of your disk.

If this does not fix the problem, you'll need to further investigate with more elaborated tools, available free of charge on the net.

Hitachi... | Answered on Aug 31, 2014

Hi Anon
Try connecting your hard drive to another computer and running the windows disk tools to test your drive, make sure that the options to automatically fix errors are selected, if this does not work then a suite of hard drive tools from Acronis (disk director) or Paragon (Hard disk manager) may be able to fix your problem.

Hitachi... | Answered on Aug 31, 2014

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