I pressed MD button & now I can't start XP ;-(Hi mate,
I have a similar problem to the one you were replying too (below)
Basically I bought a Dell Inspirion 1525 with Vista, Downgraded to XP, had to change the Hard drive to IDA for the system to recognise XP. Been running fine then I pressed the MD button by mistake thinking it was the power button, it gets as far as 'Building you MD files' then says ''DMD cannot access your hard drive. This maybe because you have enabled Microsoft Bit Locker (Drive Encryption)'' etc etc. Now i'm hoping that means it hasn't wiped my HD cos i've read a load of people who've had problems with that button wiping everything out but i think it can't recognise my HD cos I switched it to IDA.
Anyways whenever I press the power button now it keeps loading MD and doing the same cycle and I can't load XP at all, tried loading it in safe mode and it crashes. PLEASE HELP ME!!! I can't get windows on at all and I really don't care about MD, infact when I can access windows again i'll be researching how to deactivate the MD button so this doesn't happen again unless someone can provide that info aswell
any help is greatly appreciated
It is not always DELL 2 3. You need to have a look at the order of your partitions using ptedit. Change the 2 to whatever the number of your XP partition is. Change the 3 to whatever the number of your Media Direct partition is. I have now changed some of my earlier instructions to reflect this. Sorry for any confusion.
If you need to boot to Windows XP to fix it, use this and run it from a bootable floppy or CD: http://gag.sourceforge.net/download.html
I'm afraid I'm not quite sure what you mean by express test and media direct's testing page. Is is starting up Dell diagnostics instead?
Incidentally, the guide I was referring to is on page 8.
Another way to boot your Windows XP installation again is to go to recovery console, choose your C installation and then type fixmbr.
If that alone doesn't do it, run ptedit and make sure that the boot section in your XP partition is set to 80.