Question about IBM ThinkPad R51 Notebook
As you bootup the laptop press the F12 key and you can select an alternate boot device, select the CD drive.
Make sure you have the XP CD in the CD Drive.
If you cannot get this to work then you need to go to the BIOS and change the boot order to the CD drive as the first boot device. You can change it back again after you install XP.
As the installation starts follow the instructions, I suggest you setup XP this way.
1. Delete the existing partition (it would be most likely FAT16)
2. Create a new single NTFS partition (max. size).
3. Format the partition (full format not quick format)
After XP has been installed you will find that XP didn't install some drivers (eg. video, audio, model, LAN etc.) ou will need to download these drivers from IBM/Lenovo WEB site the support/download page. Make sure you select your laptop model and the XP drivers.
Download them from a computer that has Internet access. When you run these files on your computer they will unzip and copy to your C:\drivers folder, run each of the setup file for each driver.
Posted on Jan 25, 2009
What year is your laptop, win xp need at least 256meg ra, to run and at 250 meg it runs like ****
Posted on Jan 25, 2009
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1. Check your BIOS to be sure your computer will boot from a CD.
Enter the BIOS setup by pressing the "Delete" or F2 or "F12"
key, or as directed at the startup screen, immediately after booting. Set the
first boot device to "CDROM" or "DVDROM" instead of
"hard drive" if it isn't already.
2. MS-DOS command prompt
Insert the Windows XP installation CD into your CD or DVD drive
and restart the computer. When prompted, choose to start from the MS-DOS
command prompt with CD support. The MS-DOS command prompt will appear in a
3. Start SMARTDRIVE by typing "SMARTDRV" at the DOS prompt
and pressing enter. You don't have to run SMARTDRIVE, but copying the files
will be much quicker if you do. The computer will display the DOS prompt again.
4. Enter "CD I386" at the DOS prompt to change to the
directory where the setup program starts.
5. Enter "WINNT" at the prompt to start Windows XP setup.
The installation program will copy files to your computer and then display a
message requesting to reboot.
6. Press the "Enter" key to reboot. The setup program will
start again and check that your hard drive format is compatible with Windows
XP. If not, it will guide you through partitioning and formatting the drive and
then ask you to reboot once more.
7. Press "Enter" to reboot. The computer will restart in Windows XP mode and automatically start the Windows Setup Wizard to detect your hardware and finish the installation.
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