+ 1 Votes not surprising databaseben 2 years ago the wiping could have pushed a failing hd over the edge and it may have to be replaced. there is however another possibility, which is the partitions on the hard drive were unstable or crashed before the wiping occurred. so the wiping could have crossed over into the boot manager. in any case, try manually deleting any partitions it might still have, recreate them and re-format them as a last ditch effort before reinstalling windows or tossing the hd away. + 0 Votes So what was the fix? Or none? mikef12 1 year ago If none, does the PC have a floppy drive? Try a floppy boot disk and see what happens. + 1 Votes CD reading is more an art than a science robo_dev 2 years ago Some CD drives can read silver-foil CDs but not gold as well, or vice-versa. Also, if a CD was burned at a low-speed, it may be easier to read vs. a factory-made CD. Also, depending on how much dust, cat-hair, or cigarette smoke is inside that old computer, moving it around may have dislodged a dust bunny who is now lying spread-eagle across the CD-Lens, + 0 Votes I've got one of those in an upstairs spare bedroom! wizard57m-cnet Moderator 2 years ago To get the optical drive to work, however, I had to replace it. The original optical disk drive had been tortured by my grandchildren, who knows what was inserted into it! Anyhow, my daughter gave it to me, non-working. I replaced the CD drive with a spare I kept on hand and off it went! + 2 Votes So what happens if you reinsert the DBAN Disc? OH Smeg 2 years ago If that works then it has to be what you are using as a Install Disc not being read by the Optical Drive and if it doesn't the Optical Drive has died and gone to Silicon Heaven. Col + 1 Votes Are we talking apple to oranges? Charles Bundy 2 years ago If this is an OEM winxp then it should be a cd. Is the dban media on a cdr as well? Reason I ask is that I had something similar happen installing win7. Turned out the cd laser was fine but the DVD laser was kaput. Thus it would read the dban cd but not boot off the win7 DVD. Only other suggestion is the winxp disc is bad as you don't state if it worked in this drive prior to wipe. + 0 Votes F2 tcrom3 2 years ago Go to the BIOS and set everything to Default and try again. Is the disk you're trying to load Windows from a CD or DVD and what is the drive in the system. So many times I have clients try to load a DVD from a CD drive.............it doesn't work. + 0 Votes Thanks, but... kwami42 Updated - 2 years ago Thanks for all the responses so far. Both DBAN and the XP install disc are on CD-Rs. DBAN worked when I booted to it a second time. The XP install disc works fine in other computers so I don't think there's a problem with the disc. Edit: I have also tried to replace the optical drive to no avail. Both drives were CD-R/DVD combo drives. + 0 Votes Edit, sorry kwami42 2 years ago Tried to edit this into last post but it wouldn't let me. I have also tried to replace the optical drive to no avail. Both drives were CD-R/DVD combo drives. + 1 Votes This sounds crazy but it's from a DELL forum Charles Bundy 2 years ago I would sure be interested in seeing if this works, as it sounds like it's not the DVD/CD or WinXP media. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WHEN THAT SCREEN F1 OR F2 SCREEN COMES UP MAKE SURE... 1) CAPS LOCK LIGHT IS ON 2) NUMBERS LOCK LIGHT IS ON 3) SCROLL LOCK LIGHT IS ON ALL 3 LIGHTS ON KEYBOARD MUST BE ON... THEN YOU PRESS ... 1) (ALT TAB) E 2) (ALT TAB) F 3) (ALT TAB) B THE COMPUTER WILL RESTART ON ITS OWN AND THATS IT YOUR DONE.. BIOS ARE RESET... THANKS AND LATER..... + 1 Votes ALT-TAB-E (and F and B) kwami42 2 years ago Tried the above and it did reset the BIOS but didn't solve the problem.