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Amilo 7400 laptop

Bought my laptop about 4yrs ago it had xp preinstalled up until recently working fine,bought windows vista ultimate.installed first on top of xp then had error message when starting boot mgr compressed press clt alt del to reboot. done some home work tried various solutions but did not work.up until that time my wireless button was working.DECIDED TO FORMAT THE WHOL;E LOT.Installed vista ultimate now the key does not work.have tried the recovery disc that i had when the laptop was new when i try to dopwnload launch manager or any other drivers from fujitsu i get message saying does not support os.I can get wired internet access but not wireless and solutions or ideas would be very much appreciated thankyou andy.ps i have upgraded the memory on this it was 256 now 1024.

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  • ade1964 Apr 15, 2008

    my disc i got with the laptop is scratched but i think i can get hold of a xp disc will give it a go, for got to mention i bought an external; hard drive before this happened so i got no fear of loosing any of my files.Thanks for the quick response and the advice cheers.

  • ade1964 Apr 15, 2008

    cheers for the advice reformatted my laptop reinstalled xp working a dream going to keep it on xp at least i can sort it out.once again thanks

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Sorry for you hell--been there. Unfortunately, I hate Vista. Many people think that it won't work properly unless you have a min. of 2048 MG AND a dual-core processor---endless conflict messages. This isn't really a good suggested solution--just bear in mind that you may need to upgrade in order to fix. Because you purchase Ultimate, you are entitled to Mircosoft help at no charge, rather than $24/call or whatever. They are the people who perpetrated Vista on us before it was ready, and without warning about the enormous memory and CPU requirements--so it is their problem, not yours. Get them to fix it, tell you what you need, and if they cant fix it, I'd go back to XP for another year and get your money back. Good luck.

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