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I was just given a Compaq Presario 1275 Laptop computer that runs Windows 98. I was just wondering, I have a spare hard drive that has Windows XP installed on it. Can I switch the hard drives out, and if so, how do I open up the laptop....?

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  • Brady Abrams Dec 04, 2008

    I have no clue...I just know its a 2 gig hard drive, running Windows 98, and the other hard drive is a Western Digital.

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It can run Windows XP, but it will be slow. I have successfully installed XP on a 1275.
It is still useful for someone who is just checking their email and light internet usage.

You can find an online maintenance and service guide at this site:
http://www.elhvb.com/mobokive/edwin/laptops/Compaq/Compaq%20Presario/1255-1275.pdf

The BIOS will not show the hard drive size above 8.5GB, but Windows XPseems to function with larger hard drives than that. (The one on whichI installed XP has a 20GB HD in it.)

Even though documented memory expansion indicates it can only use up to an 128MB module, the unit I serviced recognized and was able to support a 256MB module. (The 1275 has 32MB on the motherboard -- total of 288MB after expansion.)

Note on installing the "spare drive that has Windows XP installed on it": You will probably have to re-install XP, because that drive will have drivers set up for the previous computer on which it was installed.

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Need to know what..is in the laptop now and what the xp hdd is ...i can then check your problem

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    Upon checking the specs for this it is my opinion that it will not effectively run xp due to memory constraints Laptop will not support enough memory.RICHARDM69

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