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New operating system wanted

When i bought my HP a1240n it came installed with windows xp.Many times i experimented with various linux distros with no problems whatsoever.I have since installed Windows Vista Ultimate and no longer can run any linux distros whether installed or live cds.It always freezes when booting up.I cant even get XP back.I have seen a few people with this problem in various forums but no answers how to fix or what the problem is.

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  • moheganer2 Jun 03, 2008

    What is it about the combo of Vista and HPa1240n that will not allow another OS.Even with the HD wiped clean it will not run anything but Vista.This same computer originally ran XP.It wont even run a linux live cd.Everything else about it is perfect as long you like Vista.

  • moheganer2 Jun 03, 2008

    Yes I had the whole hard drive reformatted and xp installed and yet xp would not run,it would get as far as the splash screen and then freeze.This is true of many linux systems also.Yet after this I would reinstall vista and it would run perfectly.

  • moheganer2 Jun 06, 2008

    Best solution did not work

  • Jane Doe May 11, 2010

    When you say "HD wiped clean " you mean reformatted correct and not just deleting the files? If you reformat the hard drive with then I don't see why you would have a problem reinstalling XP or installing another other OS. Also were you able to get XP to install, but just not run properly.?

  • Patrick Michaels
    Patrick Michaels May 11, 2010

    what you're finding out is that mixing operating systems, like drinks, can effect your ability to process information.

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After formating hdd u can install any op sys on ur computer, please put ur op sys cd in drive
after starting computer and boot it with this cd when u start ur computer u will get a massage "press any key to boot from cd"
and install xp from cd also format ur hdd with xp op sys
it will solve ur problum

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I quit using Windows many years ago.

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