Dell Latitude C600 (has no problems)
Compaq Evo N610c (same computer)
"then act up (freeze, lock up, blue screen, cry, whine, vomit, etc)."
I like your description. That's FUNNY. I knew it would cause a problem, but I "didn't" know that it was caused by the -- Hardware Configuration --. Interesting!
"Windows should be installed on the hard drive while the hard drive in in the computer"
I found this out when I installed to an external hd and it failed!!
"See response 5 in your other thread:"
IF I can get to the Dos Prompt outside of windows, then yes "MS-DOS". I have heard of MS-DOS, but I didn't know that it was an OS, but if this is what you were referring to by "DOS", and it can get me to the Dos Prompt, then yes. I need MS-DOS so that I can get TO a Dos Prompt so that I can input some computer language and to have some elbow room to navigate the computer. If you can help me get this MS-DOS and tell me how to install it, if you need a drive, or if you can tell me how to "Plop" a USB, then that would be great. This is what I have been asking you how to do for several posts. If this is not possible, then it would more clear if you simply put a "Yes" or "No" at the beginning of your reply.
Example: "No". "It is not possible to install the MS-DOS OS without a floppy drive, CD Drive, or USB Flashdrive, even if the OS file is copied onto the hd first." OR
"Yes". "If you save the MS-DOS folder to the hd first, you can install it from here. So you do not need a floppy drive, CD Drive, or USB Flashdrive to install it."
Thanks for your reply, good to hear from you.
'If you install an OS, this creates an MBR right?' "Wrong."
How insightful, I did not know that. So that's how the OS writes into the MBR, because I knew that the OS wrote the MBR, I just thought that it was scratch!
"It is the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL.SYS) and the Registry that is the problem with Windows, neither of which exist in MS-DOS, and they are created during the install process."
Wow -- this is REALLY useful. I "just" ran into this situation! I tried to install MS-DOS on an hd with XP, but was unsuccessful, even though I had previously installed a program that enables dual operating systems to run at the same time; which is due to a missing file that it said that it needed. The error message indicated that all I had to do was to reinstall this file into the windows folder, "Windows\System32\Hal.dll", and the program would run. I looked in the actual window's folder and found that this file was already there. I thought this was strange and did not understand what was going on, though I suspected that it somehow may have had something to do with the MBR, except that I did not know where the MBR was actually saved... [in the Bios/or same protected mem area?]
"Flash drives don't have an MBR"
Even if you partition it? Even if you install an OS on it?