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Old 05-16-2007, 12:22 AM   #1
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Alright it's a little messed up but uh... I accidentally deleted something off of my harddrive to make my XP not able to boot anymore, so I took the hard drive out of my old @SS computer and put it into my HP Pavilion a610n. This harddrive has Windows ME as it's OS and it works fine, except uh... It displays in 640xsomething small resolution and doesn't play sound, haha! It used to be able to do higher resolutions on this monitor and play sound on it's original computer and I don't know where to get drivers or if it is even possible to make this OS compatible with this computer, as in fully functional with a decent resolution and sound. Any tips or help?
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Old 05-16-2007, 10:15 AM   #2
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You can get the drivers from the website of the computer manufacturer.
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Old 05-16-2007, 10:36 AM   #3
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are you able to plug 2 hdd's into your pc? if so you can get all your data back, then format the original hdd and re install xp
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Old 05-16-2007, 11:16 AM   #4
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It's the drivers you are missing.
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Old 05-16-2007, 04:23 PM   #5
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Yea I would get the drivers back but uh... it was designed for XP and that's all HP knows, haha! And it's pretty sad running ME right now but I'm sure I will figure something out. And yes I can have two harddrives in but it's weird cuz the first time it worked but the second time it didn't so... the thing that happened was, was that I deleted a partition on the HD that had XP and that basically messed it up, haha! I'm probably just going to have to get a new computer !
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Old 05-16-2007, 05:17 PM   #6
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New Computer!?!?

If you deleted the XP Partition, then why don't you go get a *nix Distro or at LEAST another copy of XP.

If you download the drivers for ME, it should work though....

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Old 05-16-2007, 05:29 PM   #7
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Don't biy a comp, just update the drivers under device manager you should have about 5 yellow exclamation marks next to them.
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Old 05-16-2007, 11:56 PM   #8
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I know i've tried but this computer wasn't designed for ME, it actually crashes sometimes, haha! The saddest part is, is that it only displays 16 colors! its sucks but I've already ran microsoft update and I've gotten everything from there and now I'm just looking for other drivers...
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Old 05-17-2007, 06:53 AM   #9
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What exactly happens with the XP installation, you can probably sort the XP installation out if you tell us the problems you were having with it in the first place.
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i still think you should save all your data and wipe them all clean and start again with the xp setup
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the thing that happened was, was that I deleted a partition on the HD that had XP and that basically messed it up, haha! I'm probably just going to have to get a new computer
Well theirs your problem with the original hard drive. If you deleted the partition that had windows XP on it the system doesnt have an operating system to boot to.

If I was you I would put back the hdd in the original computer it came with.

Load into the BIOS. Change boot sequence. 1.)cdrom 2.) hdd 3.) network etc...


let it boot from the windows xp cd. Create a new partiton or use the entire drive. (your options) then let it reinstall the OS. Also, that hdd might have other partitons already on that drive from the manufacture such as diagnostics (special tools to recover unit) if so, the windows xp cd will detect any other partitions that reside on the drive.

You don't need to buy a new computer in this case. Your issue is very simple and basic.
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As far as crappy screen resolution (blame the drivers missing from the graphics card) & sound not working (blame the drivers missing for your soundcard) drivers run the hardware if you dont have them they are not working properly.



. Best advice i've read so far in this whole thread is from dude se and moderator lhuser.
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Old 05-17-2007, 08:24 AM   #12
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Well theirs your problem with the original hard drive. If you deleted the partition that had windows XP on it the system doesnt have an operating system to boot to.

If I was you I would put back the hdd in the original computer it came with.

Load into the BIOS. Change boot sequence. 1.)cdrom 2.) hdd 3.) network etc...


let it boot from the windows xp cd. Create a new partiton or use the entire drive. (your options) then let it reinstall the OS. Also, that hdd might have other partitons already on that drive from the manufacture such as diagnostics (special tools to recover unit) if so, the windows xp cd will detect any other partitions that reside on the drive.

You don't need to buy a new computer in this case. Your issue is very simple and basic.
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As far as crappy screen resolution (blame the drivers missing from the graphics card) & sound not working (blame the drivers missing for your soundcard) drivers run the hardware if you dont have them they are not working properly.



. Best advice i've read so far in this whole thread is from dude se and moderator lhuser.
lol thanks. youve said some good things there.
theres no point trying to get ME all set up when you can have xp running again in no time. its pretty simple
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Old 05-17-2007, 10:50 PM   #13
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Yea but the thing is, is that I bought this computer from a friend and he didn't give me any of the discs, otherwise I'd laugh it off and just reinstall but uh... that aint happenin, haha! It's an HP Pavilion a610n if I said that before and I'm sure all I need are the drivers for VIA/S3G UniChrome IGP, which are basically it's graphics, but those aren't compatible with Windows ME so I basically got slapped in the face, haha! Is there a way I can just use openGL as my display driver?
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Old 05-18-2007, 11:26 PM   #14
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Alright I'm downloading Ubuntu and I'm going to try and install it on my harddrive, do you think my computer can handle it? Like will it actually run decent, haha!? From what I've seen I meet the requirements. My computer is a simple HP Pavilion a610n so hopefully it will work out fine, if not, Let me know!
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will it actually run decent, haha!? From what I've seen I meet the requirements.
Heres a trick of the trade. Check out the system requirements, then times it (x) by 3. Don't just meet the system requirements,
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Old 05-19-2007, 03:25 AM   #16
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haha! Well I already got it installed and it runs fine for me ! Thanks for the support peeps, thank god for ubuntu!
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try to update all drivers with microsoft updates.

This might help
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Old 07-19-2007, 07:34 AM   #18
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i would take it to your local computer (this has happened to me befor) they will use a program called GHOST, what it does is takes all the crusial parts from one clean and well working comp (which they have set aside) and puts it on the other computers HD without losing all your data.

It works miricals that program, thank the lord for the guy that invented it.
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