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I have a Gateway NX850X laptop that I just put a new hard drive into. When I try to reinstall the Windows XP the computer displays "Operating System not found". How do I get past this? Thanks

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Please re-post and provide the whole scenario of the problem so we can provide resolution to your concern.

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Press F12 and select the optical drive for boot (or go to system setup and set the CD ROm as 1st boot device) Press any key to boot form CD when prompted

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Well, first of all XP is not the latest supported operating system from Microsoft.

That being said, I have not had a garbled screen followed by an error message 'setup didn't find any hard disk drive installed' on a laptop, in my limited experience with laptops (i.e. Acer One, Acer Aspire, Sony Vaio, etc.)

If you have an unexpected garbled screen it points to the pc board or mother board or the video card, but more likely the motherboard.

And, if you couple this with the hard disk drive not being detected, it reminds me of a situation where I had a no hard disk drive detected on a SCSI drive connected to my Windows 95 computer in the 1990s when I had heat related issues with the circuitry on the hard drive getting burnt out capacitors.

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To my memory, I never had this problem on Windows XP with a laptop, so I am thinking it's not Windows that is at fault, but the physical hardware is giving you problems.

If you boot from the CD for Windows XP and it doesn't find the drive, it's a big problem for this laptop.

I wish you luck in finding an answer to that one, seeing that it's out of warranty and XP is no longer supported by Microsoft.com.

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When you install a new harddrive, it has no Operating System on it.
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Each laptop manufacturer, has their own system of changing a laptop harddrive. Some allow you to press a key or two, to put the laptop in a state where it will save the basic Operating System files, and when you install the new harddrive, it will transfer them over to it.

Some laptop manufacturers do have this option.

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Then the new harddrive is installed in that external enclosure, and the Operating System is 'mirrored' over to it.

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Your option now, is to buy a genuine copy of the Operating System you had on the laptop, and install it.
Not what you wanted to hear, huh?

You need to buy whatever version of Windows XP it had, (WinXP Home or WinXP Pro), or Windows Vista.
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I personally prefer Xp over Vista.
Tigerdirect.com, and Newegg.com, have these.
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OR, you can simply put Ubuntu Linux on it for free.

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