Mitac Laptop Model 8399. Turns on but nothing on screen.
The hard drive has recently been formatted and XP Home reinstalled due to an 'Unrecoverable Error'. The laptop ran fine for 2 hours then suddenly showed a blue screen and switched off. I assumed that the unit had overheated so i opened it up, unblocked the fan and reassembled.
Now when the laptop is powered up the hard drive and cd drive start, but the fan doesnt run and the screen is blank. Then after a short time the unit turns off again.
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Best possible solution put back your 40GB and try to get an external casing for your 320GB to see if it works.And try windows on NTFS instead of FPTS, so reformat your 320GB and install the Windows XP again.
I hope this solution is helpful.
Are booting the laptop from the XP CD? If so it should just give you an option to delete partitions then format and install starts. If you try installing XP after Vista has loaded it wont let you as XP is older. Cheers from Scott
Go into your BIOS when you first turn on the laptop. Look in there and see if it is seeing the hard drive. If it sees it, then I would suggest try using a boot disk, to format the drive. If you can format the drive, then try installing Windows XP from there and it should do it then. If you BIOS doesn't see it then you'll need physically take the hard drive out of the laptop and reseat it and hope the BIOS sees it. If it doesn't see it then you need to get your hard drive replaced.
If you want to format your harddisk and reinstall windows just start your laptop, with the xp installation disk in your cd drive. make sure the bios is set to boot from cd choose for clean install in the installation screen and select to create new partitions and format them with filesystem ntfs.