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Take your netbook that guy and make it repaired...We cannot install an os without a disc drive...they ll take out the hdd and connect it to other system which has a CD-drive....if win7 is working you can download a copy of windows xp from the internet and install it urself
place XP CD into your CD Drive that is set to boot first in your Bios. And reboot, When prompted (usually one of first things) press any key to boot from CD" do that.... once you get to the screen that loads press ENTER to "set up XP now" Then press F8 for the user agreement The next page will show your previous installs. choose yours.. Select "Install a Fresh Copy of XP without repairing" the next page will show some options with your drives and partitions listed below. from there you want to select the partition with your current XP install, Then smash "D" on your keyboard to delete the partition (this is where all data is lost on the drive)! you will need to press Enter on the next page to confirm. and another confirmation press L next you will see your drive press C to create an new partition next
you can just hit Enter to create partition the full size of your drive.
(suggested) or you can change the size and have multiple partitions.) once you have created the partition press Enter to install windows will tell you the drive is not formatted and will offer you some choices... choose NTFS Quick or Slow ( I use slow on smaller drives and quick on the big ones.)
insert a bootable xp cd into the cd drive and hit enter continuosly...it ll ask to hit any key to continue from cd...hit any screen and follow the onscreen instructions...
if it doesnt works, try this....
u can log in to the setup by pressing del key or F2(depends upon make and model) and change the drive booting order...change the first booting device as CD/DVD and second booting device to HDD...
now it ll prompt you to hit any key to start from CD/DVD....
Make sure you have inserted a bootable XP CD in CD drive....Bootable XP CD's can be created only from another bootable XP cd by taking an image from that cd and writing it back to the cd...you can use NERO Copy disc option for this purpose...it ll create an iso image and you can use only this to write into the disc...
You need to have a working CD/DVD Installer of your OS like Windows Vista or Windows XP or the like.
Now, you need to start your laptop while the disc installer is in your CD/DVD Drive. Then it will automatically boot from the CD/DVD drive to start the installation. Just follow the on-screen procedures.
Sir, you will need to make use of a recovery disc or a retail version of an operating system disc in order to reload windows. i dont think you'll be able to download a licensed of windows copy over the net. what you can download are the free OS like Ubuntu.
INstall the hard drive, if the hard drive came with a cd, put the cd in the drive and boot the laptop. When you see it say "boot from cd hit any key" do so and follow the prompts. This software will "initialize" the disc and install for the first time. Once the disc is "officially" installed take the hard drive disc out of the drive and replace it with Operating Disc. Reboot the machine and again look for the "Boot from CD Hit any Key" hit any key and let the system load windows. You only have to hit the key one time when it says "hit any key" even if during the windows install, the system may reboot but it still may need the disc in the drive, if you see the heading "boot from cd hit any key" dont hit any key any more....just let windows finish loading. When windows finally reboots, sometimes up to three times, then you can take the disc out of the drive or take it out if the operating system instructs you to. Good luck, ParrotHead PC Repair
Try borrowing a compatible HDD instead of buying a third one for testing and check if the same error exists. Try also using an external DVD drive to see if your internal CD-ROM is defective. Try also using another Windows XP CD installer. You can also use other OS installation CD to check it. Otherwise, there is something wrong with your lappy's motherboard due to tear and wear, heat, vibration, misuse and shock.
in bios put the boot sequence so that cd is first when computer as to boot from cd click enter after installing xp - use drivers downloaded here (if u dont have the cd) - http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/support/jsp/modelContent.jsp?ct=DL&os=&category=&moid=1073769787&rpn=PA1232U&modelFilter=510CDT&selCategory=3&selFamily=1073768664&selModel=1073769787|PA1232U