Hey techie gurus out there-
I’m a moderately experienced geek attempting to reformat a friends Dell Inspiron 8200 desktop machine. I set the bios so it will boot from CD, which it does. I have in the CD that appears to be the bootable OS disc. When the machine comes up it reads that CD and prompts me to press 1 to boot from CD. When I do it says “Setup is inspecting your computer’s hardware configuration”, then nothing at all. It just hangs there.
Is there a way to bypass that or a different way to format this drive? Way back in the day we used to do a Format C from a DOS window, but that was many moons ago.
Thoughts? Ideas? Thanks in advance!