This how it all started i turned this thing on 1 night and got a error
message stating that there was a error loading the os so i tried to do
a restore no good new message can't find os so i go buy a windows xp
home disc at computer store tried to format it myself. this notebook
will not take a format i have bought and installed a new 40g sata HDD
and have also replaced the memroy in it . i still can not get it to
take a os if i try to do a fast format it goes to %20 and stops if i do
a slow format it runs through in about 10 mins. to %100 and stops never
before this have i seen a computer refuse to format can somebody help?
it's a Everex StepNote LM7WZ with a 40g sata HDD
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Put the Windows CD disk into the CD-drive.
Turn the computer off.
Turn the computer on, and immediately look for a message like "press F12 to change boot order", or something like that. Tell the computer to first try to boot from the CD-drive. When it boots, the installation process will start.
Seeing that both OS's (Windows XP and Ubuntu) are having a problem booting up, I also think the problem is with your HDD. I think you have a pretty good idea about computers from your use of terms :) There may be some corruption with the HDD. I would check that out first.
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Boot from the Windows XP CD. Watch for a Press any key to boot from CD... message similar to the one shown above. Press a key to force the computer to boot from the Windows CD. If you do not press a key, your PC will continue to boot to the Windows XP installation that's currently installed on your hard drive. If this happens, simply reboot and try to boot to the Windows XP CD again.
When the Windows XP Professional/Home Setup screen appears, press R to enter Recovery Console Select your OS and enter password (if needed)
When you reach the command prompt type the following and then press Enter:
expand d:\i386\hal.dl_ c:\windows\system32\hal.dll Using the expand command as shown above, d represents the drive letter assigned to the optical drive that your Windows XP CD is currently in. While this is most often d, your system could assign a different letter. Also, c:\windows represents the drive and folder that Windows XP is currently installed on. Again, this is most often the case but your system could be different.
If you're prompted to overwrite the file, press Y.
Take out the Windows XP CD, type exit and then press Enter to restart your PC.