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Old 03-22-2006, 05:25 PM   #1
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Hey there,

I sort of running into a problem with one of my older pc its a compaq ipaq Celeron 500 exactly the same as this one


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I was planning to give this to my little sister so she can fool around with it but i wanted to upgrade it first before anything. So i decided to throw in a 40GB harddrive and upgrade the memory to 320MB. I also wanted to install Win XP but this is where the problem lies. When i go to the bios to change my boot sequence it doesn't give me the option to even choose cd-rom boot. so i was like...ok. i decied to try floppy but it doesnt give me the optiong to boot from floopy either.
The only option that it allows me is that 1: Hard drive boot 2: Ethernet Network Boot. So i thought ok maybe the bios needs updating so iwnet to compaq website and it turns out that it does. but since i cant boot off of a floopy i cant get the upates to be installed.
I have a working hard drive in there right now thats running win 2000 but the hard drive is only 10GB.


Is there any other way i can get win xp on this computer with the 40GB hard drive?
Please somebody help i've been fooling around with this for like 3 days now
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Old 03-22-2006, 05:30 PM   #2
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Ok so you have the 40gb in this pc yes? is it primary or your slave hard drive?
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Old 03-22-2006, 05:33 PM   #3
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what you can do, is when it shows the computer booting up (black screen with jibberish), click one of the buttons (not to enter setup/bios) to the command prompt. and with the cd in the drive, say your cd drive is D:\ then type D: and then write setup.exe
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You could install XP on that hard drive on another computer, then put it in the compaq..would require repair though..

2000 would be so much better on that though..
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Old 03-27-2006, 04:35 PM   #5
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Ok i have a 6GB hard drive in there right now i want to put a 40GB that i have on the side. This computer would only allow me to put 1 hard drive in so i can only set it as a master. The cd drive is plugged in but bios would not detect it as.

In terms in trying to install the 40gb on another computer then swapping it i tried that but it gives me an error " windows protection error " but didnt know you had to repair. and also i dont know how to repair. so i was wondering if anybody here would be kind enough to post a step by step on how to achieve this?
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Old 03-27-2006, 05:31 PM   #6
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Have you tried to put the bootable CD and try? My laptop, once having a bootable CD, asks me if I want to boot from it.
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