Originally Posted by Bifta
People on that thread are saying that altering the boot order doesn't work, but disabling the onboard lan completely does.
I take your point - that thread reads upside down, so have to read carefully. Sounds drastic having to disable on -board lan in BIOS just to boot off CD!
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dalboy, First off, I would suggest you don't use the 'recovery console' initially. Boot off the CD and go into setup, rather than recovery. Setup should then identify an existing installation and offer the chance to 'repair' the installation. This will reload the XP files, build standard drivers and hopefully get you a base OS with all the programs and data files intact.