Question about PC Laptops
Did it boot at any time you had it?
How far does it boot from the hard drive now?
Are there any messages?
Are you trying to boot from the usb cd rom with an xp disk?
If you can do that, personally I would just reinstall windows.
Hard Disk removal is not a difficult process on a laptop. You can connect it to a pc with one of those external boxes for 2.5"drives, cheaply available. XP will not boot if you put an installed copy on another computer (unless it is exactly the same).
Worst case (a process I once had to do with a tablet pc) is to make a small bootable partition on that hard drive, put the xp install files on that partition, then put it back in the laptop and install windows from the small partition onto the rest. There are more detailed instructions how to do this, if you go that route.
If you take parts out of your laptop, make sure you don't give it a static shock by touching something grounded.
Posted on Jul 04, 2008
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