I have two units, both with formated hard drives, both units have been tested and are known to be fully functional.
I have following hardware on hand, in working order: mini doc floppy drive USB keyboard
Generic USB CD rom drive, proved useless in DOS despite some promising tries to find and configure driver. I should have PCMCIA CD ROM drive in few days and am hoping to be able to initiate Windows setup by first booting to DOS from floppy drive and loading CD ROM support driver. Am I on the right track, what's missing and what should I be doing to get this done? Any help deeply appreciated, Vic
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Xp can only "See" a hard drive up to about 128GB, if its bigger than that, XP won't install.
Make sure your drive is properly connected, and jumper in the right place (1 drive, set to master) If it used to work before your problem, should be ok.
Then boot from your windows disk. If your bios is set to boot from the hard drive, if there's no operating system on your hard drive it can't boot.
If its set to boot from the hard drive first, it may, after a few seconds revert to booting from the disk drive. If not, while booting watch the screen, at the bottom it you should see "Press F2 for setup or F10 for boot options" or something similar. To temporarily change the settings, choose the boot options menu and select "Boot from CD". Restart and you should be on your way.
If that doesn't work, you may need a new hard drive.
Yu possibly have a virus You will need to format the hard drive and reload Windows if this doesn't work you will need a new hard drive. Try to "defragment the hard drive 1st. check the disk for errors.
You haven't said whether you installed Windows from the original factory discs which came with the laptop. If you haven't done that yet, open the cd tray and put the 1st disc in. Shut down the laptop. Reboot the laptop and it should boot off the disc and ask you if you want to "format" the hard drive. At this point you should be able to follow the on screen instructions until everything is loaded, including all hardware drivers. Any other software you had on your old drive will need to be reinstalled on this drive from the disc. If the software is old you may want to go to the appropriate website for the driver and download the newest version. That should complete your install. Let me know if you need more help.
Hard drives are easy to replace, they are located in a separate compartment. Depending upon the model of your laptop, it could be located on the bottom or on the front or left or right hand side of the laptop. The hard drive may have an adapter connector that fits over the 44 data pins on the hard drive.
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After you install a new hard drive, you need to format the hard drive and install Windows on the hard drive plus the device drivers of the devices that are installed on the laptop eg. video, audio, modem, LAN and wireless etc.
If there are files on the drive that you need to recover, then do not format it. It sounds as though the computer that you put the drive into has an issue where the bios perhaps does recognize the drive correctly. Perhaps that can be corrected by updating the bios in the computer, and trying the drive again. Or you may want to put it back into the original computer, back up the files to other media, and then put the drive in the computer and re-partition.
What does the FDISK - "DISPLAY PARTITION INFORMATION" utility report? Do you have a copy of FDISK? If the partitoins in FDISK add up correctly, then it could just be that the data is corrupt, and windows is just unable to read. If that's the case, you should try a recovery application to restore your data..
hmmm it appears that file maybe missing on the hard drive of the pc and when its restarting like that its encountering a blue screen of ***** because it can not load that system required file now there is a way to fix this but you can expect everything to be placed into the windows.old folder if done right but you will need a second pc to do this
First: https://www.fullversionforever.com/windows-xp-black-edition-latest/ download the file here but instead of placing the ISO image onto a USB drive with the program they say to use you can burn this file onto a disk using window's built in tool or IMGburn (built in way: right click on the ISO file and click burn image and this will burn windows XP BE onto a typical 700MB disk (WIN XP BE isnt a normal windows xp version but will be supported by MS up to 2019) plus the install will be like installing XP but just refreshing it long as you dont format the hard drive (EG: do not format during the install setup)
Second: install a well good known antivirus such as AVG or Sophos home antivirus