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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:

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

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  • Desktopsbyduck-Computers

    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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you meant Installing? every boot we load XP, well we dont you do.
as XP is a virus magnet and we stopped using it 3 long year ago.
nor is it fun to b Cyber-attacked forever, with XP, why use XP

sure it dont work its old, and fully infected,
seems like the HDD is bad to me.
let me guess, those Install disk are no HP real disks. are they.

upgrade the PC to SSD. ? if cash flush, wild abandon?

or is this post really "how to fix PC with no cash, QOD"?
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hp does not support it now. its DEAD.
AMD K6-2 366 MHz
square screen 4;5
Like your friend id pitch it the trash, and go to goodwill
and find a w7 laptop for near NUTTN

really, life really does not incuded XP now, 2017. it does not.
or pure H3LL awaits you, IMO
carbon dated at 1999, its 18 years old.
and you want to fix this THING>?

go to goodwill store
walk in and grab a $20 pc with a w7 COA sticker on the bottom
and run that. fix that, for the hope thing to happen.

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