Trying to *Dell Restore* my Dell Dimension XPS 9150 to factory condition

I'm _trying_ to do a "Dell System Return return my computer to *factory 
Condition*.

The CD-ROM drive has  been dysfunctional for dome time and I normally just 
use the DVD read/write drive instead.

All goes fine up to the point when it tries to reboot to start the 
reinstallation process and than stalls with the message "No CD-ROM."

There doesn't' appear to be the option in the BIOS to boot fro DVD drive, 
just CD-ROM.
Also, this part of the BIOS list is greyed out (BTW, I accessed the BIOS by 
pressing F2 whilst restarting) so I don't know if I could change it 
anyway...

Assuming that I _could_ change the (greyed out bit of) the BIOS to boot from 
a USB Device, and if I copied the whole DEell disc to a memory stick, could 
I use that instead?

If not....now what?



Be gentle with me <g>, I've never tried anything like this before...!

FWIW I am also very partially sighted, which makes it all a bit like 
climbing Everest!

--
Rog







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What did Dell support say when you contacted them?

"microsoft.news.com" <zulu.romeotangohotel@ntlworld.com> wrote in message 
news:OhvksUFGLHA.1868@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
: I'm _trying_ to do a "Dell System Return return my computer to *factory
: Condition*.
:
: The CD-ROM drive has  been dysfunctional for dome time and I normally just
: use the DVD read/write drive instead.
:
: All goes fine up to the point when it tries to reboot to start the
: reinstallation process and than stalls with the message "No CD-ROM."
:
: There doesn't' appear to be the option in the BIOS to boot fro DVD drive,
: just CD-ROM.
: Also, this part of the BIOS list is greyed out (BTW, I accessed the BIOS 
by
: pressing F2 whilst restarting) so I don't know if I could change it
: anyway...
:
: Assuming that I _could_ change the (greyed out bit of) the BIOS to boot 
from
: a USB Device, and if I copied the whole DEell disc to a memory stick, 
could
: I use that instead?
:
: If not....now what?
:
:
:
: Be gentle with me <g>, I've never tried anything like this before...!
:
: FWIW I am also very partially sighted, which makes it all a bit like
: climbing Everest!
:
: --
: Rog
:
:
:
:
:
:
: 


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Hoyst
6/30/2010 1:12:22 PM
microsoft.news.com wrote:
> I'm _trying_ to do a "Dell System Return return my computer to
> *factory Condition*.
>
> The CD-ROM drive has  been dysfunctional for dome time and I normally
> just use the DVD read/write drive instead.
>
> All goes fine up to the point when it tries to reboot to start the
> reinstallation process and than stalls with the message "No CD-ROM."
>
> There doesn't' appear to be the option in the BIOS to boot fro DVD
> drive, just CD-ROM.
> Also, this part of the BIOS list is greyed out (BTW, I accessed the
> BIOS by pressing F2 whilst restarting) so I don't know if I could
> change it anyway...
>
> Assuming that I _could_ change the (greyed out bit of) the BIOS to
> boot from a USB Device, and if I copied the whole DEell disc to a
> memory stick, could I use that instead?
>
> If not....now what?
>
>
>
> Be gentle with me <g>, I've never tried anything like this before...!
>
> FWIW I am also very partially sighted, which makes it all a bit like
> climbing Everest!

I was just going to suggest that you disconnect and scrap your disfunctional 
CD drive and make sure that your DVD drive's pins are set to 'Master' 
(rather than 'Slave') and try again.

But since you are partially sighted, may be you could get a friend to do 
this for you.  It is dead simple for someone handy with a screwdriver.

I am naturally taking it for granted that this is a PC you've got rather 
than a laptop which don't have provision for two optical drives anyway.
-- 
choro
***** 


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choro
6/30/2010 1:28:40 PM
"Hoyst Owen Petard" <ho@petard.invalid> wrote in message 
news:i0ffsq$vuq$1@news.eternal-september.org...
> What did Dell support say when you contacted them?


Nothing....

I got fed up with waiting on the end of a phone...

>
> "microsoft.news.com" <zulu.romeotangohotel@ntlworld.com> wrote in message
> news:OhvksUFGLHA.1868@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
> : I'm _trying_ to do a "Dell System Return return my computer to *factory
> : Condition*.
> :
> : The CD-ROM drive has  been dysfunctional for dome time and I normally 
> just
> : use the DVD read/write drive instead.
> :
> : All goes fine up to the point when it tries to reboot to start the
> : reinstallation process and than stalls with the message "No CD-ROM."
> :
> : There doesn't' appear to be the option in the BIOS to boot fro DVD 
> drive,
> : just CD-ROM.
> : Also, this part of the BIOS list is greyed out (BTW, I accessed the BIOS
> by
> : pressing F2 whilst restarting) so I don't know if I could change it
> : anyway...
> :
> : Assuming that I _could_ change the (greyed out bit of) the BIOS to boot
> from
> : a USB Device, and if I copied the whole DEell disc to a memory stick,
> could
> : I use that instead?
> :
> : If not....now what?
> :
> :
> :
> : Be gentle with me <g>, I've never tried anything like this before...!
> :
> : FWIW I am also very partially sighted, which makes it all a bit like
> : climbing Everest!
> :
> : --
> : Rog
> :
> :
> :
> :
> :
> :
> :
>
> 


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microsoft
6/30/2010 1:28:50 PM
"choro" <choro@tvco.net> wrote in message 
news:OFHWn.84193$Yb4.66402@hurricane...
> microsoft.news.com wrote:
>> I'm _trying_ to do a "Dell System Return return my computer to
>> *factory Condition*.
>>
>> The CD-ROM drive has  been dysfunctional for dome time and I normally
>> just use the DVD read/write drive instead.
>>
>> All goes fine up to the point when it tries to reboot to start the
>> reinstallation process and than stalls with the message "No CD-ROM."
>>
>> There doesn't' appear to be the option in the BIOS to boot fro DVD
>> drive, just CD-ROM.
>> Also, this part of the BIOS list is greyed out (BTW, I accessed the
>> BIOS by pressing F2 whilst restarting) so I don't know if I could
>> change it anyway...
>>
>> Assuming that I _could_ change the (greyed out bit of) the BIOS to
>> boot from a USB Device, and if I copied the whole DEell disc to a
>> memory stick, could I use that instead?
>>
>> If not....now what?
>>
>>
>>
>> Be gentle with me <g>, I've never tried anything like this before...!
>>
>> FWIW I am also very partially sighted, which makes it all a bit like
>> climbing Everest!
>
> I was just going to suggest that you disconnect and scrap your 
> disfunctional CD drive and make sure that your DVD drive's pins are set to 
> 'Master' (rather than 'Slave') and try again.

No help available...
Is this the only way?



>
> But since you are partially sighted, may be you could get a friend to do 
> this for you.  It is dead simple for someone handy with a screwdriver.
>
> I am naturally taking it for granted that this is a PC you've got

Sorry, I though the subject line made that obvious....mea culpa
 rather
> than a laptop which don't have provision for two optical drives anyway.
> -- 
> choro
> *****
> 


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microsoft
6/30/2010 1:41:45 PM
microsoft.news.com wrote:
> I'm _trying_ to do a "Dell System Return return my computer to *factory 
> Condition*.
> 
> The CD-ROM drive has  been dysfunctional for dome time and I normally just 
> use the DVD read/write drive instead.
> 
> All goes fine up to the point when it tries to reboot to start the 
> reinstallation process and than stalls with the message "No CD-ROM."
> 
> There doesn't' appear to be the option in the BIOS to boot fro DVD drive, 
> just CD-ROM.
> Also, this part of the BIOS list is greyed out (BTW, I accessed the BIOS by 
> pressing F2 whilst restarting) so I don't know if I could change it 
> anyway...
> 
> Assuming that I _could_ change the (greyed out bit of) the BIOS to boot from 
> a USB Device, and if I copied the whole DEell disc to a memory stick, could 
> I use that instead?
> 
> If not....now what?
> 
> 
> 
> Be gentle with me <g>, I've never tried anything like this before...!
> 
> FWIW I am also very partially sighted, which makes it all a bit like 
> climbing Everest!
> 
> --
> Rog

Your computer appears to have a "popup boot menu" option. According
to this, you press F12 soon after pushing the power button, and a
list of current storage devices should appear. If your DVD drive
is really wired up and working, it should appear in the list.

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim9150/en/sm/syssetup.htm

On my computer, I can leave the tray empty on any optical drive,
press my popup boot menu key right after power up, and leave the
list of devices on the screen. Then I can casually plop an optical
disc in the tray, close the tray, wait 30 seconds for the media
to spin up and be recognized.

Then, it is a simple matter of selecting the drive with the
recognized disc in it, as the boot device, and then off
it goes.

HTH,
      Paul
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Paul
6/30/2010 2:44:27 PM
"microsoft.news.com" <zulu.romeotangohotel@ntlworld.com> wrote in message
news:%23qjc6nFGLHA.4316@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...

> > I was just going to suggest that you disconnect and scrap your
> > disfunctional CD drive and make sure that your DVD drive's pins are set
to
> > 'Master' (rather than 'Slave') and try again.
>
> No help available...
> Is this the only way?

Hardly ever with PCs is there a single only way to do things
-- but there is often a single fastest or easiest way, as here
to configure your desktop beforehand to recognize only
one CD drive (whatever is in place, whether DVD or CD
so long as it is in good working order:  a DVD drive before
DVD drivers are loaded ought to be recognized as a CD
RO drive.)

The fastest way to do this is to inspect the data cables
to your CD/DVD drives, leave connected only your good
drive, jumpered as Master on that IDE line.  The OS will
then recognize this as Drive D (as your Dell Recovery
disks expect.)

If no help is available among your personal friends, the
main alternatives seem to be:
1.  Take the computer and disks to a specialist PC
repair shop, where the staff will probably (a) free or for
a token sum verify drive configuration so you can
reinstal yourself, or (b) reinstal the Dell/MS OS for
$50 to $100.
2.  Appeal to local agencies (civic or charitable) that
offer to help the handicapped.

-- 
Don Phillipson
Carlsbad Springs
(Ottawa, Canada)



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Don
6/30/2010 2:48:02 PM
You'll find assistance here: 
http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/default.aspx

microsoft.news.com wrote:
> "Hoyst Owen Petard" <ho@petard.invalid> wrote in message
> news:i0ffsq$vuq$1@news.eternal-september.org...
>> What did Dell support say when you contacted them?
>
>
> Nothing....
>
> I got fed up with waiting on the end of a phone...
>
>>
>> "microsoft.news.com" <zulu.romeotangohotel@ntlworld.com> wrote in message
>> news:OhvksUFGLHA.1868@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
>>> I'm _trying_ to do a "Dell System Return return my computer to *factory
>>> Condition*.
>>>
>>> The CD-ROM drive has  been dysfunctional for dome time and I normally 
>>> just
>>> use the DVD read/write drive instead.
>>>
>>> All goes fine up to the point when it tries to reboot to start the
>>> reinstallation process and than stalls with the message "No CD-ROM."
>>>
>>> There doesn't' appear to be the option in the BIOS to boot fro DVD 
>>> drive,
>>> just CD-ROM.
>>> Also, this part of the BIOS list is greyed out (BTW, I accessed the BIOS
>>> by pressing F2 whilst restarting) so I don't know if I could change it
>>> anyway...
>>>
>>> Assuming that I _could_ change the (greyed out bit of) the BIOS to boot
>>> from a USB Device, and if I copied the whole DEell disc to a memory
>>> stick, could I use that instead?
>>>
>>> If not....now what?
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Be gentle with me <g>, I've never tried anything like this before...!
>>>
>>> FWIW I am also very partially sighted, which makes it all a bit like
>>> climbing Everest!
>>>
>>> --
>>> Rog 

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PA
6/30/2010 4:24:45 PM
microsoft.news.com wrote: 

> I'm _trying_ to do a "Dell System Return return my computer to
> *factory Condition*. The CD-ROM drive has  been dysfunctional for
> dome time and I normally just use the DVD read/write drive instead.
> All goes fine up to the point when it tries to reboot to start the
> reinstallation process and than stalls with the message "No CD-ROM."
> There doesn't' appear to be the option in the BIOS to boot fro DVD
> drive, just CD-ROM.

Yet tried yanking the power cable (after powering down the computer)
from the problematic CD-ROM drive when you are attempting to do the
factory image restore operation?  Obviously you aren't using the bad
CD-ROM drive to do the restore so you don't need it physically
available during the restore.
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VanguardLH
6/30/2010 4:47:19 PM
"PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote in message 
news:u0DhpLHGLHA.4316@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
> You'll find assistance here: 
> http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/default.aspx


TYVM


>
> microsoft.news.com wrote:
>> "Hoyst Owen Petard" <ho@petard.invalid> wrote in message
>> news:i0ffsq$vuq$1@news.eternal-september.org...
>>> What did Dell support say when you contacted them?
>>
>>
>> Nothing....
>>
>> I got fed up with waiting on the end of a phone...
>>
>>>
>>> "microsoft.news.com" <zulu.romeotangohotel@ntlworld.com> wrote in 
>>> message
>>> news:OhvksUFGLHA.1868@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
>>>> I'm _trying_ to do a "Dell System Return return my computer to *factory
>>>> Condition*.
>>>>
>>>> The CD-ROM drive has  been dysfunctional for dome time and I normally 
>>>> just
>>>> use the DVD read/write drive instead.
>>>>
>>>> All goes fine up to the point when it tries to reboot to start the
>>>> reinstallation process and than stalls with the message "No CD-ROM."
>>>>
>>>> There doesn't' appear to be the option in the BIOS to boot fro DVD 
>>>> drive,
>>>> just CD-ROM.
>>>> Also, this part of the BIOS list is greyed out (BTW, I accessed the 
>>>> BIOS
>>>> by pressing F2 whilst restarting) so I don't know if I could change it
>>>> anyway...
>>>>
>>>> Assuming that I _could_ change the (greyed out bit of) the BIOS to boot
>>>> from a USB Device, and if I copied the whole DEell disc to a memory
>>>> stick, could I use that instead?
>>>>
>>>> If not....now what?
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Be gentle with me <g>, I've never tried anything like this before...!
>>>>
>>>> FWIW I am also very partially sighted, which makes it all a bit like
>>>> climbing Everest!
>>>>
>>>> --
>>>> Rog
> 


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microsoft
6/30/2010 9:39:16 PM
"Don Phillipson" <e925@SPAMBLOCK.ncf.ca> wrote in message 
news:i0fmck$kil$1@speranza.aioe.org...
> "microsoft.news.com" <zulu.romeotangohotel@ntlworld.com> wrote in message
> news:%23qjc6nFGLHA.4316@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
>
>> > I was just going to suggest that you disconnect and scrap your
>> > disfunctional CD drive and make sure that your DVD drive's pins are set
> to
>> > 'Master' (rather than 'Slave') and try again.
>>
>> No help available...
>> Is this the only way?
>
> Hardly ever with PCs is there a single only way to do things
> -- but there is often a single fastest or easiest way, as here
> to configure your desktop beforehand to recognize only
> one CD drive (whatever is in place, whether DVD or CD
> so long as it is in good working order:  a DVD drive before
> DVD drivers are loaded ought to be recognized as a CD
> RO drive.)

Not the easiest option for me, I can't see well enough.
Hence my query about the possibility of usig a USB stick with the Dell disc 
copied to it.

>
> The fastest way to do this is to inspect the data cables
> to your CD/DVD drives, leave connected only your good
> drive, jumpered as Master on that IDE line.  The OS will
> then recognize this as Drive D (as your Dell Recovery
> disks expect.)

???  I have a second internal HDD wwhich is already designate*D*

>
> If no help is available among your personal friends, the
> main alternatives seem to be:
> 1.  Take the computer and disks to a specialist PC
> repair shop, where the staff will probably (a) free or for
> a token sum verify drive configuration so you can
> reinstal yourself, or (b) reinstal the Dell/MS OS for
> $50 to $100.
> 2.  Appeal to local agencies (civic or charitable) that
> offer to help the handicapped.
>
> -- 



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microsoft
6/30/2010 9:46:40 PM
"VanguardLH" <V@nguard.LH> wrote in message 
news:i0fse0$gti$1@news.albasani.net...
> microsoft.news.com wrote:
>
>> I'm _trying_ to do a "Dell System Return return my computer to
>> *factory Condition*. The CD-ROM drive has  been dysfunctional for
>> dome time and I normally just use the DVD read/write drive instead.
>> All goes fine up to the point when it tries to reboot to start the
>> reinstallation process and than stalls with the message "No CD-ROM."
>> There doesn't' appear to be the option in the BIOS to boot fro DVD
>> drive, just CD-ROM.
>
> Yet tried yanking the power cable (after powering down the computer)
> from the problematic CD-ROM drive when you are attempting to do the
> factory image restore operation?  Obviously you aren't using the bad
> CD-ROM drive to do the restore so you don't need it physically
> available during the restore.

I couldn't figure out how to get the plugout...
I'll have another try tomorrow. 


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microsoft
6/30/2010 9:52:20 PM
Also see...

PC Restore for Windows XP | Dell:
http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dsn/en/document?docid=181316


microsoft.news.com wrote:
> "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote in message
> news:u0DhpLHGLHA.4316@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
>> You'll find assistance here:
>> http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/default.aspx
>
>
> TYVM
>
>
>>
>> microsoft.news.com wrote:
>>> "Hoyst Owen Petard" <ho@petard.invalid> wrote in message
>>> news:i0ffsq$vuq$1@news.eternal-september.org...
>>>> What did Dell support say when you contacted them?
>>>
>>>
>>> Nothing....
>>>
>>> I got fed up with waiting on the end of a phone...
>>>
>>>>
>>>> "microsoft.news.com" <zulu.romeotangohotel@ntlworld.com> wrote in
>>>> message
>>>> news:OhvksUFGLHA.1868@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
>>>>> I'm _trying_ to do a "Dell System Return return my computer to 
>>>>> *factory
>>>>> Condition*.
>>>>>
>>>>> The CD-ROM drive has  been dysfunctional for dome time and I normally
>>>>> just
>>>>> use the DVD read/write drive instead.
>>>>>
>>>>> All goes fine up to the point when it tries to reboot to start the
>>>>> reinstallation process and than stalls with the message "No CD-ROM."
>>>>>
>>>>> There doesn't' appear to be the option in the BIOS to boot fro DVD
>>>>> drive,
>>>>> just CD-ROM.
>>>>> Also, this part of the BIOS list is greyed out (BTW, I accessed the
>>>>> BIOS
>>>>> by pressing F2 whilst restarting) so I don't know if I could change it
>>>>> anyway...
>>>>>
>>>>> Assuming that I _could_ change the (greyed out bit of) the BIOS to 
>>>>> boot
>>>>> from a USB Device, and if I copied the whole DEell disc to a memory
>>>>> stick, could I use that instead?
>>>>>
>>>>> If not....now what?
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> Be gentle with me <g>, I've never tried anything like this before...!
>>>>>
>>>>> FWIW I am also very partially sighted, which makes it all a bit like
>>>>> climbing Everest!
>>>>>
>>>>> --
>>>>> Rog 

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PA
6/30/2010 10:43:07 PM
microsoft.news.com wrote:

> "VanguardLH" <V@nguard.LH> wrote in message 
> news:i0fse0$gti$1@news.albasani.net...
>> microsoft.news.com wrote:
>>
>>> I'm _trying_ to do a "Dell System Return return my computer to
>>> *factory Condition*. The CD-ROM drive has  been dysfunctional for
>>> dome time and I normally just use the DVD read/write drive instead.
>>> All goes fine up to the point when it tries to reboot to start the
>>> reinstallation process and than stalls with the message "No CD-ROM."
>>> There doesn't' appear to be the option in the BIOS to boot fro DVD
>>> drive, just CD-ROM.
>>
>> Yet tried yanking the power cable (after powering down the computer)
>> from the problematic CD-ROM drive when you are attempting to do the
>> factory image restore operation?  Obviously you aren't using the bad
>> CD-ROM drive to do the restore so you don't need it physically
>> available during the restore.
> 
> I couldn't figure out how to get the plugout...
> I'll have another try tomorrow.

While you gave the model, I don't have the inclination to check if that
computer supports IDE, SATA, or both type of devices.  If an IDE drive
is included, it uses a 4-pin Molex connector.  It may only support SATA
drives.

Molex power connector:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/31/Molex_female_connector.jpg/800px-Molex_female_connector.jpg
SATA power connector (the larger one shown on the *left*):
http://www.pcstats.com/articleimages/200708/LGGSAH62N_sata2.jpg

Just pull the 4-pin Molex connector straight out from the socket on the
PCB on the CD-ROM drive.  If it is stubborn, use a ViseGrip pliers on
the plug, clamp it down, hold the grip end with one hand, and whack the
palm of your other hand against the plier body.  If it is stubborn to
come out, it will probably be stubborn going back in so you need to be
sure not to damage the "pins" (which are simply stamped metal) when
reinserting.  

You need to feel when the female pins will line up and slide over the
male pins to prevent smashing them.  Most users just mash the plug into
the socket without feeling if they actually mated up correctly.  If the
female pins have been squeezed too tight, or the female/male pins have
oxide on them, they may stick.

Although there is a small degree of polarization in the plug and socket
bodies by having 2 angled corners (the others are square), it is
possible to force in a 4-pin Molex plug upside down into the socket.  Be
sure the rounded or angled corners on the Molex plug line up with the
same corners in the Molex socket.  If the plug doesn't seem to want to
go into the socket, wiggle it around to see if you can feel when the
female pins happen to line up over the male pins.  Unlike the trick of
using a pliers to give you leverage (not at an angle but straight out)
to remove the plug, only use your fingers to insert the plug.

Be sure to use anti-static measure when working inside the case of your
computer.  If you have an anti-static wrist wrap then great.  If you
don't, keep one hand always on the chassis while using your other hand
to remove and replace cables.  In either case, make sure the computer's
power cord is still plugged from the PSU to the wall socket (which must
be grounded) so the chassis is actually grounded.  In actuality, it is
only required that your voltaic potential be the same as for the chassis
and I've never had a problem if my feet are insulated (by wearing
sneakers with their rubber/plastic soles) but I stay connected to the
chassis to ensure my voltaic potential equals that for the chassis.  It
is a *difference* in potential that destroys.  Grounding of the user and
grounding of the chassis simply ensures they're all equal.  Grounding of
the user beforehand ensures to dissipate any charge they accumulated
when walking across the carpet to work on their computer, as long as the
computer chassis is also grounded.

The Molex connectors rely on pressure (of the split female pin sliding
onto and grabbing the male pin).  Most SATA power connectors just pull
out; however, it is possible there is a secure tab to keep it locked in
place where you have to depress the tang to release the locking tang,
like:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_3rJYfhmJ2wk/Szx6ENjWlAI/AAAAAAAAAYM/ZNIWBKnIGR4/s320/internal-sata-latching-connector-cable.jpg

There is another way to do this.  Boot into the system BIOS.  Go into
the screens that control into the controller configurations.  If the
CD-ROM and DVD-ROM devices are on different controllers, you can
probably disable the controller used for the problematic CD-ROM drive.
When you disable a controller, everything connected to it becomes
inaccessible.  For IDE controllers, there are 2 devices: master and
slave.  If only 1 device is connected to an IDE controller, you can
disable it.  If 2 devices are connected to that IDE controller, both
become inaccessible.  Each SATA device gets its own controller but
you'll have to see if your BIOS lets you individually disable each SATA
controller.

I've done this several times where I install Windows on a SATA drive
where there exists and IDE drive in the system.  Windows screws up by
installing its loader on the IDE drive but the rest of it on the SATA
drive and I get multiple drive letters to manage.  I just want Windows
on the SATA drive, so I configure the BIOS to boot first from the CD-ROM
drive (to use the install media) and then from the SATA drive, but I
have to disable the IDE controller to the IDE drive so Windows can't see
it nor can it use it in any way.  Disabling controllers in the BIOS lets
you make invisible some devices to get them out of the way.

If the CD-ROM and DVD-RW drives are IDE and on the same IDE controller
then disabling that IDE controller in BIOS means both optical drives
become inaccessible.  So you'll have to pull the power from the CD-ROM
drive to get it out of the way.
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VanguardLH
7/1/2010 2:11:19 AM
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trying this out
This is a test posting. On Tue, 13 Nov 2007 16:06:51 +0800, "hmmmm" <bobo123@dotdot.dyndns.org> wrote: >This is a test posting. > Please use microsoft.public.test or microsoft.public.test.here for your testing. This is a working newsgroup. If you have questions about an Access database, please post them. John W. Vinson [MVP] ...

conditional formatting #69
What I want to do is E1 = 1 C1's background is yellow (else white) E2 = 1 C2's background is yellow (else white) ..... E30 =1 C30's background is yellow (else white) I want the CONDITIONAL format to whole of C column at the moment it looks like you have to do this Conditional format for each CELL unless I've missed something !!! You should just be able to enter the formatting into one cell, copy it, select column C, then paste special -> formats. HTH, Joel "Simon" <Simonx@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:uDfQQoQwEHA.824@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl... >...

Conditional format- several conditions and updates when the content changes
Hi there all! I'm new to vba but is in dire need of a vba macro that not only supplies me with up to 30 conditional formats, but also "reads" the result of a formula and changes the cell background color when the result of the formula changes. For example, if the simple sum formula =Sum(a1:b1) returned 2 (a1=1 and b1=1) and the conditional formatting made the cell backgrund green, i would like a macro that can change the backgrund to red if the sum formula returned 3 (a1=2and b1=1) Can anyone help me? I tried the vba code on ozgrid's page, but it only formats the cells when...

I am trying to round up to the nearest 25 cents
I am trying to round a money value to the nearsest 25 cents and it keeps rounding to the nearest dollar HELP Try =CEILING(A1, 0.25) In article <2DB8F007-1E27-4A48-923B-C7D4D0238B5E@microsoft.com>, sypher <sypher@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote: > I am trying to round a money value to the nearsest 25 cents and it keeps > rounding to the nearest dollar HELP =ROUND(A1*4,0)/4 -- HTH Bob Phillips "sypher" <sypher@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:2DB8F007-1E27-4A48-923B-C7D4D0238B5E@microsoft.com... > I am trying to round a mone...

Trying to clear up Received but not invoiced report
I am trying to clean up the received not invoiced items. The problem began with entering a purchase order and then not matching the invoice to the items received agaisnt the purchase order. SO we thought that doing a returned transaction entery would solve the problem. The only thing is now the return shows up on our Received/ Not invoiced report. And the report is becoming a huge mess and difficult to use. What is the best way to clear up items that have been received but were not matched and already paid through the invoice entery? There is a knowledgebase article on this very thing av...

send/receive (2nd try)
New computer. Microsoft XP Home. Microsoft Office XP Small Business 2002. Earthlink dial-up account. Two e- mail accounts. After opening Outlook, 1st send/receive (option 3, all accounts) usually prompts for both passwords, downloads messages, all good. Next time, though, no prompt for account 2, error cannot connect to server, account 1 usually gets messages. Every five minute send/receive option eventually degenerates to cannot connect to server errors for both accounts. Meanwhile internet browsing slows to a crawl. Any ideas? ...

How do I cancel a msg Outlook keeps trying to send unsuccessfully?
How do I cancel an "in process" email Outlook keeps trying to send unsuccessfully due to a huge email message I tried to send with way too many attachments? It's stuck in "send" mode, and as a result, I can't send any emails because Outlook cannot get past trying to send this message. How do I cancel a pending outbox transmission while it's trying to send? I've tried everything I can think of to no avail. Please help! Angelczech wrote on Fri, 12 March 2010 07:32 > How do I cancel an "in process" email Outlook keeps trying to send ...

Restore Internal Web Site
I've been trying for days to restore access to our remote site on port 987 works well) but had no success so far. The solutions I found at MS describe a manual way to re-create the internal web site using the folder "C:\Program Files\Windows Small Business Server\Bin\webapp\InternalWebsite". But this folder does not exist on our SBS 2008 server. I have remove and reinstalled WSS already, but it did not solve the problem. Looking in the IIS Manager the site I see are: SBS Web Applications, Sharepoint - 80 and Sharepoint Central Administration. But I understand ther...

trying to insert a 0 in front of zipcode
Hello, I do not use excel at all so i have no clue! I have a list of daycares that i want to create mailing labels with...about 700 of them but the problem is my zipcode column there needs to be a zero in front of all 700 zipcodes how to i insert a zero in front of them without having to type it into each box? the other question is can i print labels directly from excel or do i have to go thru ms word? thanks Greg One of these 1) format the cells with custom format 00000 2) format the cells with Special / Zip Codes 3) format the cells as Text 4) begin all zip codes with an sin...

Conditional skipping fields
I'm trying to code a data entry form where the user selects an option from a drop down list and depending on the value the cursor moves to the area pertaining to this. e.g. Choosing from animal, vegetable or mineral. If mineral is selected then the cursor bypasses the animal or vegetable data entry options and goes to the mineral choices area and proceeds. I hope this explanation is adequate. Sub forms in this instance may be a little messy for the operator. thanks Sounds suspicously like a Spreadsheet converted to Access You Should split into (at least) three tables animal, vegetabl...

error message when trying to install WMP 10 or 11
My operating system is Windows XP Home Edition 2002. I'm trying to download either WMP 10 or 11 and I get a message saying it was not possible to complete setup, see webhelp for more assistance, however there is no additional information when I click Web help. the Error message is 8007F0DA. Can anyone help me? Thanks. On Tue, 30 Mar 2010 07:54:01 -0700, Nate <Nate@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote: > >My operating system is Windows XP Home Edition 2002. I'm trying to download >either WMP 10 or 11 and I get a message saying it was not possible to &g...

Try or TRY
Hello, Will there be any opitmization or ... when we use INT or TRY macros instead of int or try ? Which one is better to be used? Thanks, JSmith "JSmith" <jsmithmitra@yahoo.com> wrote in message news:%23G1sOVdoEHA.692@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl... > > Hello, > > Will there be any opitmization or ... when we use INT or TRY macros instead > of int or try ? Which one is better to be used? http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/vccore/html/_core_exceptions.3a_.converting_from_mfc_exception_macros.asp -- Jeff Partch [VC++ MVP] FYI, TRY ...

Conditional Formatting
Hi All, I need help on conditional Formatting. I have a column of data with future DATE, such as 2 Jan 09, 4 Des 09, etc I would like to assign automatically different colors to those data that match these condition: If (TODAY's date < Data's date) And more than 30 days, COLOUR is Orange If (TODAY's date < Data's date) And more than 60 days, COLOUR is Yellow If (TODAY's date < Data's date) And more than 90 days, COLOUR is Green If (TODAY's date >= Data's date) And more than 30 days, COLOUR is Red I would like to gave it AUTO...

error message when trying to delete messages in inbox
I cannot delete messages in my email inbox. When attempting to delete messages, Outlook says "The messaging interface has returned an unknown error. If the problem persists, restart Outlook. I continue to get the message even though I restarted Outlook. My mail works fine, but I just cannot delete anything. Does someone know a solution? Can you delete them if you hold shift as you delete? How many items are in the deleted items folder? Are you using any type of AV scanner on the message store? -- Diane Poremsky [MVP - Outlook] Author, Teach Yourself Outlook 2003 in 24 Hours Coa...

Exchange 5.5 restore with ntbackup
I've got a exchange.bkf file from an online ntbackup. My priv.edb has become corrupt and IS won't load. Can I use the .bkf to do a restore, and then start the service? I try to catalog the .bkf in ntbackup and don't get anywhere. It hour glasse for a few seconds then nothing. If I can do a restore of a backup made online to an offline exchange, what steps do I follow? thanks! Hi, the only way I have been able to get this to work (not saying this is the only way but for me this worked) was to uninstall or remove Exch from my server, then reinstall Exch again, and do the restore....

Problem trying to export e-mail messages
When I go into Windows Mail and export my messages, the export completes but then I go and the folders don't match my existing e-mail folders. There are folders showing which I had deleted months ago. Could it be a corrupt file? How can I just transfer the e-mail messages I need to a new PC with Windows 7? Thanks> Windows Mail uses internal mail folder names that may not correspond exactly to the folder name in the user interface. What are you doing with your Windows Mail messages in Windows 7? Windows Mail was not designed to run on Windows 7. --=20 Gary VanderMole...

try/catch vs TRY/CATCH
Hi, What is in your opinion the preferred way of doing exception handling for MFC objects (such as the CFile)... the try/catch mechanism or the MFC based TRY/CATCH macros? Thanks Adeel Use try/catch. I don't recall what TRY/CATCH does but, basically, that was provided before VC++ had full support fro try/catch. -- Jonathan Wood SoftCircuits Programming http://www.softcircuits.com "Adeel" <dontWantSpam@All> wrote in message news:ORLqQz3fGHA.4568@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl... > Hi, > > What is in your opinion the preferred way of doing exception handling for ...

Conditional Formatting #14
Is the following possible? Conditional Formatting limits you to only three conditions. Is there a way to get more conditions or do the following. I am trying to create several, say 10 conditions depending upon "severity" of the result. Value 10+ would have light yellow background and Bold black type Value 6 thru 9.99 would have light green background and Bold black type Value 2 thru 5.99 would have light pink background and Bold black type Value -2 thru 2 would be plain Value -2.1 thru -5.99 would have light pink background and Bold RED type Value -6 thru -9.99 would have light gr...

count occurances of values in column if condition is met
From a cell I need to look down column B and for each time there is the value =93Ship Effort=94 I need to look in Column E and count the occurrences of items in range =93SysListName=94 . For example if SysListName A B C D And Column B =3D Admin Admin Ship Effort Ship Effort Ship Effort And Column E =3D A A A B R The formula would return =932=94 and help will be appreciated Robert ...

Run Time error when trying to use DMax on a line value
Please can someone help me with run time error I am getting when I try to use a DMax function on a LineID control in a subform. I have a main form frmDeliveries and a subform sfrmDeliveryDetails They are linked on master and child by a DeliveryID control. On the sfrmDeliveryDetails BeforeUpdate I entered : Private Sub Form_BeforeInsert(Cancel As Integer) Me![LineID] = Nz(DMax("[LineID]", "[sfrmDeliveryDetails]"), 0) + 1 End Sub (which I modified from a previous posting) When I try to enter a selection from a Productscombo on the sfrmDeliveriesDetails I get a Run Ti...

Trying to finish up a worksheet function (if/or??)
Okay, here are the details and the exact data: A12 thru A17 = Income Source (text, user defined [examples would be Social Security, Pension, etc.]) B12 thru B17 = Amount Received (will be currency in $dddd.cc format) C12 thru C17 = Tax Deductible? (currenty have a drop-down list option, YES or NO) A18 = Subtotal (text) B18 = Subtotal (calculated sum of above columns) C18= [empty] A20 = Choose an Investor (text) B20 = Investor name (from drop down list) C20 = Mark up amount (i.e., 125%, would like it to auto fill from the investor chosen) A22 = Total (text) B22 = Total (calculated su...

Try that critical pack from Microsoft Corporation
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trying to email with publisher
Can someone please help me configure this thing!!! I can send a regular email through Windows mail with no problem. I cannot configure Outlook, even though I am using the same info as I used in windows mail. And, most importantly.... I cannot send a Publisher email in either one!!! What in the worl am I doing wrong? They won't go directly to windows mail, even though I have it as my default mail. They continue to go into Outlook even though I have it NOT as my default. They won't send from Outlook, And when I import them into Windows mail, they won't send. Arrrggghhhh! I am...

Can I use 'or' in conditional formatting?
I'd like to have 4 conditions, Red, Yellow, and Green. But I have two conditions for green, without using two conditions for green is there a way to use OR somehow to beat the limit? Thanks, Norm PS Win2000 + XL2002 Sure ... just click on "Formula Is", and you can use "OR" for more then two conditions. For example: =OR(A1=2,A1=4,A1="good",A1="bad") Will trigger the set format if "any" of the above equate to "True". -- HTH, RD --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Please keep all corr...

What have you tried?
Interesting read, about people who ask questions on forums. http://mattgemmell.com/2008/12/08/what-have-you-tried AliR. "AliR (VC++ MVP)" <AliR@online.nospam> wrote in message news:3fy%k.6470$hc1.3340@flpi150.ffdc.sbc.com... > Interesting read, about people who ask questions on forums. > > http://mattgemmell.com/2008/12/08/what-have-you-tried > > > AliR. > > <soapbox alert> Amen, brother. I think it's a syndrome brought on by "no discipline" parents and a severely flawed public secondary educational system (to be clear, I&#...