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Get a copy and install windows 2000 professional with the service pack 4, the most XP-compatible OS. You'll need 256MB of RAM minimum for everyday/internet use or it will run slowly. Then install your normal apps, firefox, MSN Messenger (V7.5, not LIVE), office 2003, etc. Some MS apps (Like office 2007, MSN Live messenger) will ***** about not having XP, just install an older version.
There is usually a door or slide panel on the bottom of the machine. But I have to know this. If you do replace it do you know which kind to buy? Do you know how to format it and install the operating system? One other thought, some hard drives are located under the keyboard. If you locate the drive you can determine the kind to replace it with by looking at the connector. One the hard drive are there two rows of pins surrounded by a rectangular box? One pin should be missing. Or are there two flat connectors, one being bigger than the other and both having a downward pointing slot? If this is the first case then you'll need to replace it with a 160G IDE drive (or less). If this is the second case, it's a SATA drive and you can replace it with whatever size you can afford. When you're ready to install the drive and the operating system, email me.
You can insert the Windows XP CD while logged on Win 98 and run a test from the CD. Obviously you need a larger Hard Disk and at least 126 MB RAM to bring XP to a usable speed. You can look for RAM upgrade options in this page.
I have the same notebook and I have changed the hard drive on mine as well.It is quite simple really,you will find on the side of the A drive it sits just above it,to remove it there is one screw on the underside if you follow it in line and guess the depth of the A drive you will see it all by itself.
Just unscrew it and slide out the drive.The hard drive is a slim line compartment that sits on top of the A drive.
Just pull it out as it just slots in/out.
Just slot ou new hard drive in screw up the single screw and presto you should have a new hard drive ready to go.
Hope this helps,I have ram probs not sure where to slot the 256MB RAM into,maybe you could help me.
The NEC Versa m500e has 2 memory slots. Each slot can hold DDR PC2700 with a maximum of 512MB per slot.
I'm not sure where the memory is located on the Versa, but normally in the middle on the bottom of the laptop there is a memory slot. on some units the memory is located under the keyboard, so you have to remove
this first to change the memory.
3 beeps is the Beep code for "Base 64KB RAM Failure". Lets hope that you are lucky and the problem is your memory. If you have two memory sticks in the computer, then try to take one of them out. Try different combinations such as swapping between the memory slots that are available. If you still getting the same error code, then your motherboard is shot.