can't install windows millennium edition on dell dimension 4700
December 11, 2008 9:47 AM Subscribe
Can't install windows millennium edition on dell dimension 4700. A call for help.
posted by metadave to computers & internet (18 answers total)
I'm trying without success to install windows millennium edition on a dell dimension 4700.
I have a dell windows me re-installation disk and a windows me boot disk. The installation formats the hard disk, copies files from the cd, then reboots the computer from the hard disk (as it should). At this point things go wrong. Usually at this point, I get a brief flash of the windows me logo screen and then the computer reboots *again* and this time goes into the menu that gives the Normal Boot/Safe Mode/Logged Boot/Step By Step Boot choices. None of these work. Which ever I try, the computer just reboots from scratch and goes right back to that menu again.
I have tried different variations that I had hoped might make a difference: using fat16, using fat32, creating a fat32 partition with linux, running with less ram ( 2gb - down from 4gb ) - none have had any effect.
The BIOS is "A10" from dell which seems to be the latest for a dimension 4700.
The computer itself seems to be in good condition. I was able to install both windows xp and ubuntu linux on it. ( I removed these from the disk before starting with windows me ).
Windows millennium edition is not negotiable - I'm doing this for a client who needs millennium to run a particular application. One option might be to run windows me in a virtual machine but when I try to do this using Sun's "Virtual Box", the install disk realizes at some point that the machine is not a dell computer and halts.
Does anyone have any thoughts on how to get windows me running on this machine?
Thanks for reading and for any feedback you have.