How to install operating system on laptop with now cd-rom drive or floppy
I am trying to install windows xp on a compaq armada m 300, with now cd-rom drive or floppy drive. I install a new HD but startup will not go beyond post setup. then I get error message about invalid drive , press ctrl alt del to restart.
any suggestion ? I purchased a multibay cd/dvd drive but it did not help.
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Did you change the '1st boot' drive to the optical drive?
If you haven't, you need to enter the BIOS setup and change from C: to whatever your optical drive is named and then change it back once the operating system is installed on the C: drive.
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Try the recovery console from a windows xp recovery/install disk:
To run the Recovery Console from the Windows XP startup disks or the Windows XP CD-ROM, follow these steps:
1.Insert the Windows XP startup disk into the floppy disk drive, or insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer.
Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive if you are prompted. 2.When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console. 3.Select the operating system you want to repair (you may have only one option). 4.When you are prompted, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER. 5.At the command prompt, type the appropriate commands to diagnose and repair your Windows XP installation. From here I would try "chkdsk /r" and "fixboot"
For a list of commands that are available in Recovery Console, type recovery console commands or help at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.
For information about a specific command, type help commandname at the command prompt, and then press ENTER. 6.To exit the Recovery Console and restart the computer, type exit at the command prompt, and then press ENTER. Once you've done this restart the computer and see if it boots up.
This issue may occur if your start device (such as a floppy disk drive,
hard disk drive, or CD-ROM drive) does not contain boot files.
To resolve this issue, use one or more of the following methods, and then restart your computer:
the non-system disk from your boot device. For example, remove the
non-system disk from the floppy drive or the CD-ROM drive.
your computer's boot sequence. To do this, you must change your
computer's setup and the option that controls which device your
computer uses to start from. Make sure that you select a device that
has boot files (or operating system files) installed.
If you start your computer from a hard disk drive, install a bootable operating system (such as Windows XP) on the drive.
I believe this model of laptop was designed for Windows 95, which can be installed using only floppy disks. That would be just about your only solution. I would not recommend trying to install XP or anything on it, due to the outdated hardware. If it has a PCMCIA Slot on it (most do) you can buy a USB adapter that goes in there. But, as I stated before, I would just install Windows 95 on it (or possibly 98SE) Good Luck!
try booting to DOS screen only by inserting a boot-able floppy disc (I use Win ME disc at this point although my system is also Win XP). Then select "boot with CD-ROM driver". It will detect your CDROM drive and assign a letter. Now insert the CD and boot from there. I have done this sequence many times with no problems.
When the system starts, hold the F10 key and go into BIOS and set CD Rom as 1st Boot device (in Boot Order).
Because most Compaq's would put the BIOS in a hidden NON-DOS partition on the hard drive, you may have to get an OEM recovery disk for that model. Because there is no BIOS to go to, the machine doesn't know it has a CD, HD or Floppy to go to. A boot floppy/CD is no help.
With another desktop and IDE to Laptop HD connector, FDISK (make active partition and hidden partition [5mb]), Format both, copy the cabs from WinME CD to c:\windows\options.
Find the COMPAQ OEM CD for that model.
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