Dell Won't Start after W2K install attempt
Posted on 2003-03-01
I have a Dell Dimension XPS T700r desktop computer which came with Windows NT Workstation 4.0. We also have a Dell Latitude LS laptop which came with Win 2000 Pro.
Long story short: I used the Win 2000 Pro "reinstallation disc" to try to do a clean install of 2000 over the NT Workstation and now the computer doesn't boot. Specifically, I got that initial "boot-up information" screen to come up by using Setup (where it says "keyboard detected," tells you what the processor is, tells you the amount of RAM, etc.) but after that, the screen just stays black (on, but black) and the computer just sits there.
The 2000 reinstall CD sits in the CD-ROM drive and spins for a while, then stops. After some hard drive activity and orange light (CPU activity?) blinking on the front of the computer, it just sits there.
Have I completely ruined it?