I have two Dell 600's that I just got off eBay.
One has 1G Ram, 30G drive, w/XP and works just fine.
The other has 512M Ram, 100G drive, w/XP and does not work so fine. None of the peripherals (network card, etc) seem to work.
I would like:
1) move all the stuff off the 30g drive to the 100g drive and put the 100g drive on the good pc
2) put the 30g drive on the pc that does not work so good and then get it working
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Re: hard drive swap and repair
If the two DELL computer are exactly alike, processor,etc.,etc.[twins!!], then just switch h/d, use something like LAPLINK [WWW.pcworld.com has "freeware & shareware" file transfer utilities that work pretty good] and switch the programs from 30 GB to 100 GB. Then use Internet for software drivers to update.the XP for 100 GB. Then switch memory from 30 GB to 100 GB
p.s. The 512mb RAM wt.100 GB h/d [ " network cards,etc that are not working so fine ", could be 1) software drivers 2) the cards are damaged themselfs
You can swap the hdd's without a problem. Put the 100 GB drive into the system that you want it in. Since you just got both, I'm assuming you don't have any data you are worried about losing. On a latitude you can get the OS disk by calling dell tech support. The drivers are available online. A clean install is the best. If there is data on the drive you want to keep, the best method to transfer is to purchase a hdd enclosure that converts the internal hdd to an external usb hdd. The kit is less than $40 and you want one that will fit a 2.5" drive. It will plug into the other notebook or into a desktop. Hope this helps.
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Guessing that you are not computer tech savvy, my advice is to give the task to a computer technician.
The procedure is simple but time consuming, because the two computers are the same you will not get in any trouble with the OS by doing ghost, disamble the to hard drives from laptop, connect 30 Gb as "master" and 100Gb as "slave" in a desktop computer (you will need a spacial cable adaptor for this task because they have different cable pins), prepare ghost diskettes and start the desktop computer from floppy, using the ghost software transfer the 30Gb to the 100Gb, put back the HD's but this time put the 100Gb in the laptop that works...WORNING! OLD DATA FROM THE 100GB WILL BE DELETED PERMANENTLY.
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Swapping the hard drive from the Dell into the Gateway will not work because the Dell hard drive has been installed with Dell specific drivers and configurations. When you install the Dell hard drive into the Gateway you need to wipe the hard drive and install a fresh copy Windows XP onto this hard drive and the Gateway device drivers etc.
There would usually be information on the blue screen to help us diagnose the problem but there is more comment that needs to be made. If you still have just the 128M of ram and the 10G hard drive then forget installing xp. xp needs a minimum of 1G ram to work in and that is the maximum your machine can hold. Secondly, the 10G hard drive will only just work when you have got SP2 & 3 installed - there will be no room left for anything else.
Additionally, this machine will be quite slow with a P3 processor running at 733M but it's your choice.
If you want to install xp on this machine I would suggest getting the ram to maximum and a larger hard drive installed before continuing. If you have already done this then please get back to us with any error message that may be on the blue screen.
yep...this means that it does not have enough resurses..specially Ram memory ...and even if it worked fine sometime...you just added to it more programs or duties..and now it has a hard time dealing with ...also ...when it has some viruses or bugs of any kind its behaving like this ...so ...if you know that ya have at least 512M Ram memory ...(this will assure a decent run into Xp...for browsing and such) just reinstall it ..and this time use ant least a free antivirus like AVG 9 that just got on the market..... also ..think about upgrading the Ram memory ...if you have slots available ....just buy another one that fits into the slot specs...if not ...remove the old ones and get some with beter specs..but be sure that you know what you are buying ..cause its tricky.. first ...I repeat , just reinstall and format the C partition during ...this will make it work like it use to in the first place ...but if it had issues from the start ...you need more Ram mem...
Vista doesn't generally like to be installed on a hard drive that big. Well, Windows, in general doesn't.
And, from the sounds of it, you didn't install Windows on your new primary 1.5TB drive, you just copied it from the 500GB drive, which won't work.
Here's what you should to, to solve this: 1) Swap out your 1.5TB drive with the 500GB drive again. 2) Swap out your secondard 1.5TB drive, with the new one. 3) Create a partition of 120GB or less on that drive 4) Install Windows on the new partition. 5) Put the other 1.5TB drive back in, as secondary.
Once that's done, you can swap out the new 1.5TB drive with your Windows partition on it, in place of the 500GB drive.
When you boot, Windows may ask you to select which operating system you want, just select Windows Vista, and you should be good to go.
I had a similar issue a few years ago, when I tried to install Windows on a 1TB drive, and couldn't get it to work. Once I partitioned a smaller space, it worked like magic.
I am afraid that you are going to have to upgrade your memory on your computer to use that printer. (There is not any slimmed down versions of the software available), I personally recommend upgrading your computer to 1G of memory to give Windows XP (and the printer software/and other applications) some breathing room for best performance. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the performance gain that you will get with 1G of ram versus 512M.
To upgrade your CD drive there is a screw on the bottom of the machine that holds it in place. Remove this screw and the drive will slide out. I buy most drives for my customers and shop from Ebay. I've found that there are some very good vendors with good prices and warranties there. Now for the memory. The memory you need for your machine is PC2100, and 1g is the max. I mainly use Kingston or Infiniton. Both of these are good chips, and there are other good chips out there. I suggest that you use two 512mb chips that are the same make. I've found that sometimes two different chips will create a conflict with each other. The memory is located under a panel on the bottom of the machine. For memory I use pricewatch.com If you have any other questions please fell free to ask.
if u wanna upgrade RAM ,ur RAM should be of same capacity in both slot. i mean to say if u wanna use 1 GB....then put 512 & 512 or else put single 1 GB. But u cant use 512 in one slot & 1 GB in another slot at a time. if u do the combination like that ,it will never work.
Right well XP Pro really MUST be formatted with NTFS only...
I suggest you get a third party partitioning program like Partition magic and completely remove the partition & redo it all again & this time Format NTFS.
Or if ya have a WIN98 boot disk, and ya can use FDISK, Delete ALL partitions, and remake them again, using all the disk space, then format as NTFS, then proceed as below
Then using your windows XP PRO setup Disk, start the install ...then when asked about where you want the install located, select C & REFORMAT it AGAIN with the windows setup using again NTFS file system... this should finish & then the Install should "see" your entire hard drive and format it accordingly and then when finished you can proceede to install XP.