Armada 1700 - need to reinstall op system

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July 26, 2012 at 20:58:05
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Armada 1700 - need to reinstall op system

I have an old Compaq Armada 1700 laptop. The hard drive no longer works. I would like to install an new hard drive and install XP or Linux. I have tried to format a new drive using a DOS boot disk (6.0) but it does not see the hard drive. I also tried using a DOS 6.22 floppy but it did not see the disk or the CD. Obviously I do not have the original floppies.

Can anyone help? Or should I just throw the thing out?

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July 26, 2012 at 21:07:06
It's an old Win95 machine. It only accepts a max of 160MB RAM therefore it's not capable of running XP decently.

"it does not see the hard drive"

I don't know what size HDD you installed but it should have been a low capacity. Is the new HDD being recognized in the BIOS?

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July 27, 2012 at 01:18:37
Keep the hard drive to around 8GB and install either Puppy Linux 5 or Windows Millenium Edition or NT4 or MS-DOS 6.22/WFW3.11, nothing newer is suitable...

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....

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July 30, 2012 at 20:43:45
I do not have any low capacity hard drives. The hard drives I have used are not recognized by the BIOS since the BIOS is ON the hard drive. I was looking for a set of setup floppy disks on the internet but did not find any for sale. I assume the the set up floppies will recognize and do the necessary install on the new hard drive

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July 31, 2012 at 15:40:12
since the BIOS is ON the hard drive

No it isn't. the BIOS is in ROM on the motherboard and is completely separate from the Hard Disk. Unless the BIOS can recognise the hard disk you are not going to be able to install anything. A set of install floppies are not going to able to help you in the slightest.


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July 31, 2012 at 16:01:04
The BIOS isn't on the drive but the program to access the BIOS is. You're stuck in a catch 22 situation. You need to have the BIOS see the drive to put the access program on it but you need the access program to set up the hard drive. God I hated working on those old Compaqs.

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August 1, 2012 at 14:14:41
Guess there is nothing to do :-(

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