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I purchased a 'broken' c400 off ebay, rather foolishly thinking it's an easy fix.... Basically I need to find a way to install an operating system on the computer - it has no cd drive, no floppy and doesn't support booting from USB. I have tried installing Windows XP on the hard drive by putting it in another computer (one with a CD drive) but when I put the HDD back into the c400 the computer fails to recognise the Disk. If I try using other hdd's (that I know work) the c400 fails to recognise them at all.... any ideas ?

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  • thermalheat Jul 14, 2009

    There is no Bay for a CD drive on a C400 - it's basically a netbook :(

    Thanks for responding though

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Honestly with so many things that are missing and so many things acting weird on you, your best bet is to get a known working hard drive in there and also a know working cd drive in your laptop. This way you know for sure those two components are working properly and you can try a fresh install of XP from a good working cd drive and onto a know good working hard drive.

If you now have problems then from this point it can legitimately be narrowed down to a memory, CPU or motherboard issue.

This really is the best way to try troubleshooting this problem with so many components missing.

Always a good idea to stick to doing things on the same computer instead of doing lots of swapping between hard drives.

If you need further help, feel free to let me know.

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You can use the CD drive which is in your other PC install Windows XP and replace the CD drive back into your other PC.
good luck!
-Tom.

Posted on Jul 14, 2009

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