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An annoyance with laptops is that they don't ever seem to install well with original Windows CDs.

Dell Vostro 3500

  • The volume license Windows XP SP3 installation CD crashes during Windows XP setup. The message is: A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.. In particular:
 Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed
 hard drives or hard drive controllers. Check your hard drive
 to make sure it is properly configured and terminated.
 Run CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption, and then
 restart your computer.
  • Under BIOS (F2), Advanced, System Configuration, set SATA Mode from AHCI Mode to IDE Mode. This allows you to install!


  • Dell UltraSharp U2312HM