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Old 01-24-2007, 06:52 PM   #1
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fedora help - new laptop


Hi, I've purchased a laptop used, had fedora on it, and I want to go back to windows, part of my problem is that I can't boot to CDrom for some reason, don't know if there is a hardware problem or not. The other problem is that I know nothing about linux, it asks me for a localhost login, but I don't know the login or password, or even what to do when I'm in, can someone help me, give me some commands to try, or even what to do.

I want to get to a setup file on the windows cd.

There is no floppy drive on the laptop, just the cdrom, that I'm not sure is working or not.

you can email me at dchurch@tnt21.com or here.... thanks
 
Old 01-24-2007, 07:38 PM   #2
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Which version of Windows?

Without login information, you are correct, it is useless to you.

Are you using an original Windows CD, or a burnt copy?
 
Old 01-24-2007, 07:42 PM   #3
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What make & model of laptop is it?

Did you run a CD/DVD drive lens cleaner?

I can probably come up with more questions, it's imperative you supply lots of info in order to resolve your problem quickly.
 
Old 01-24-2007, 08:36 PM   #4
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system

I'm installing XP pro, it's a burnt copy, but I have the original. The laptop is a dell inspiron 4000.00

I've confirmed the cd rom works - I've booted with knoppix and played with it.... don't know anything about linux, I would like to fdisk the c: and reformat, and install xp on.
 
Old 01-25-2007, 03:17 AM   #5
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Well, you don't know me from a hole in the ground and I don't know you from a hole in the ground, so there is no sense in you lying because I can't report you to Microsoft. For you to be trying to install Windows XP from a burnt copy when you have the original, does not add up. I'm a mathematician, I can add 1 + 1. Your burnt disk is not bootable and thus you will not be able to use it, you can get part ways, but will not be able to complete the installation.

If you still want to stand by your story, re-boot your lappy and strike the F12 key when you see the "DELL" splash to select boot method, stick the original disk in the drive and use arrow key to select DISK DRIVE from the list and hit enter, when it asks to press any key to boot from CD, just hit any key and follow instructions.
 
Old 01-25-2007, 06:22 AM   #6
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??

Well, With your alias being "junior Hacker" and the fact that you call yourself a mathematician, might explain your un-justified comments.

If you maybe didn't spend all your free time behind some monitor solving useless math problems, and had some kind of a social life, maybe got married and had kids, you would know why I have copies of disks, and I tend to keep the originals tucked away safe. You know nothing about me, and I know nothing about you. If you don't like to be unfairly judged - then I suggest you don't do it to others.

Thank you for you help, on the question asked... I'll give it a try and let you know.
 
Old 01-25-2007, 07:07 PM   #7
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I am not a "Peacock" and do not have a desire to show another Peacock who has the better plumage, just using deductive reasoning to arrive at my conclusions.
 
Old 01-25-2007, 07:27 PM   #8
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By the way,

I hope you realize, Microsoft has clamped down on piracy, there is the "Activation" issue which will eventually come into play if the disk (product key) has already been used. I know how to circumvent that, but cannot divulge that information in this forum, even if Microsoft can't get to me because of privacy policies my ISP provided and stands behind.
If you scrapped the original computer that was previously activated with this key, you can call Microsoft and have it transferred to the "New" computer.
 
  


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