Badger5JMB Retrofits
Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: software help.

  1. #1
    Reverse Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    6

    software help.

    hi all. i need a favour if anyone can help. my son bought a laptop off ebay. it was only cheap. its a dell latitude. it seems he misread the ad and it does have the operating system(windows xp proffesional sp2)loaded on to it though it does have the licence. he assumed the disc came with it but it doesnt. he emailed the seller and the reply was that any windows xp disc will do. he found a proper dell windows restore disc on ebay and bought that for Ł6 but the laptop wont load properly. does anyone have a genuine windows xp professional sp2 disc i could borrow to see if we can get this laptop working before i have to buy it off him and throw it away. thanks all.

  2. # ADS
    ADS
    Join Date
    Always
    Posts
    Many
     
  3. #2
    consilio's Avatar
    Up the owls!

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Northamptonshire
    Posts
    659
    Its not strictly true that any CD will do. An OEM license will not work with a retail copy for example. If the restore CD is for the correct model laptop then i would look at why it isn't loading. Have you tried entering the boot selection menu and choosing CD?
    March 2011 - B8 Audi S4, Ibis White, S-Tronic, Leather / Alcantera Super Sports Seats, Heated Front Seats, Advanced Key, Tech Pack High, Electrically folding and auto dimming mirrors

    SOLD - 8P Audi S3. Brilliant Black, FBMF wheel, Bose, RNS-E, Auto lights/wipers, Cruise control, Tyre pressure monitor, Parking sensors, Interior light pack, GSM phone prep, Armrest, Privacy glass, Electrically folding mirrors.

  4. #3
    lincoln_dj's Avatar
    1st Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Lincoln, England.
    Posts
    137
    you can find "windows xp activation software" on the net if you look. this will activate any windows xp version. am guessing you'll need to find the right xp drivers for your laptop as well, in ordrr to get sound etc working properly.

    on a side-note.... every, and i mean EVERY, laptop i (and mates) have ever bought 2nd hand has been crap and a complete waste of money. you can buy brand new for under Ł300 nowadays. i know a Ł100 one on ebay is cheaper, but by the time you've messed about with buying Ł6 discs that dont work, then it dying and having to fork out Ł300 for a new one anyway you might as well have started new in the first place.

    just a thought
    Last edited by voorhees; 11th August 2010 at 16:18.
    2004 A3 3.2 V6 manual

  5. #4
    subaru swift's Avatar
    1st Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    staffordshire, some where
    Posts
    153
    if you need a copy of a xp disk let me know i am with mircosoft ( i pay them each year to have there newest software etc.. ), as i run my own pc support company.

    i will copy you both oem & retail cd with sp3 on them & then you have to goto dell web site for the hardware missing & that.... easy but takes a few mins todo.

    2004 AUDI A4 2496 cc 2.5 TDI 180 Quattro Sport
    Metallic Silver, RNS-E Audi dvd Sat Nav ( 2010 dvd disk ) + muti CD Player, Parrot ls3200 Bluetooth Phone kit, 6 Speed, 4 Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors ( not elec folding ), Cruise Control, Nice Alloy Wheels, Colour DIS, Colour Keyed Body, Full audi Service History, Maintained Regardless Of Cost, Tinted Windows, Aero Wipers, inside red light kit ( audi ) + Puddle lights & Footwell light too, HID's.

  6. #5
    Reverse Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    6
    hello the operating system is windows xp profesional sp2 i have the licence key the paptop is a dell latitude d505

    and yes i would apreciate the disk

  7. #6
    Pii
    Pii's Avatar
    4th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    London
    Posts
    748
    - Do you know what the restore procedure is for dell?
    - Is the disc correct?

    If you need to boot from disc (kick start the restore process when the machine is turned on) then you need to ensure that you have set the machine to actually to this as Consilo says.

    To set the machine to 'boot from CD' you would need to enter the BIOS menu (mother board menu) and select boot up device to be CD first.

 

 

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Single Sign On provided by vBSSO

Garage Plus, Vendor Tools vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO