Install Windows XP on Compaq 6110

Hp compaq laptop / 6110
January 5, 2009 at 13:31:09
Specs: Windows XP, 1.0 GHz
Tried doing a clean install of Windows and, now, windows
wil l not boot from the CD.

I tried an external CD to boot from and it still won't boot.

I pulled the HD and installed Windows on it from another
laptop, then put it back in and it STILL DOESN'T work.

Things I have tried:
-Put HD on USB case-won't work.
-Played with BIOS to set up boot settings-done, but won't
boot.
-Tried installing Ubuntnu (sp?)-won't boot from CD.
-Checked disk status of HD on another laptop-reads fine.
No errors.

I have a valid Windows disk that does work on other
laptops.

HELP!

(I am pretty proficient in computers, so any and all advice
is welcomed!)


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#1
January 5, 2009 at 13:52:05
"I tried an external CD to boot from and it still won't boot.

I pulled the HD and installed Windows on it from another
laptop, then put it back in and it STILL DOESN'T work"

These won't work.

If 2 disks won't boot, & the boot order is correct, I'd suspect the cd drive.

Before posting try google. Backup. Use anti virus software.


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#2
January 5, 2009 at 14:22:52
What is the history of the laptop? Are you trying to work around security issues?

Installing WinXP while the hard drive is connected to a different computer will result in the installation being setup to run the hardware in that computer.

After you reinstalled the drive into the Laptop what happens?


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#3
January 5, 2009 at 23:52:20
Clive: used external USB CD ROM as well. Won't boot from
that, either.

OtheHill: Work laptop that was purchased at a big
markdown.

I WAS, but I just figured re-installing Windows would get
around them.

I got an BSoD screen with an error that reported the HD
needed to have it checked. It stops right there and won't
let me continue.


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#4
January 6, 2009 at 05:41:18
Find a list of STOP MESSAGES(BSOD) here:
http://aumha.org/win5/kbestop.htm

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#5
January 6, 2009 at 05:47:39
Download the drive fitness utility for the brand drive you have. Burn it to CDR and run it to check the hard drive.

As far as getting around security issues goes, you may or may not be able to do that. The newer the laptop, the more difficult and convoluted the security. Not all security is on the drive.

Is there a BIOS password in place?


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#6
January 6, 2009 at 08:52:26
No.
No BIOS msg.

A buddy of mine suggested that I get a USB floppy out and
download a Boot Disk and try that.

His reasoning is that the HD might not have the right drivers
for the CD-Rom.


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#7
January 6, 2009 at 09:04:01
Is the drive a SATA model? How did you install WinXP on the drive while connected to another computer?

I believe most laptops with SATA hard drives will have native SATA controller support. There would be no other option other than using a SATA drive, unlike a desktop computer.


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#8
January 6, 2009 at 09:07:58
Yes, it is, but has that "slot adapter" along with it.

I used a USB External Housing for it.

The drivers for the HD might be there, but he was saying
that the drivers for the CD-ROM's might NOT be there.


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#9
January 6, 2009 at 09:13:32
The laptop manufacturer doesn't know what OS you are using. I don't think any drivers should be required to boot to the optical drive.

If the drive is located in a removable drive bay there may be a selector in the BIOS screens to indicate what device is installed. Also, if removable it may not be fully seated or could simply be defective.

Then you are able to access the BIOS screens?


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#10
January 6, 2009 at 10:38:42
>>The laptop manufacturer doesn't know what OS you are using. I don't think
any drivers should be required to boot to the optical drive.
-even with NO OS on the HD?

>>If the drive is located in a removable drive bay there may be a selector in the
BIOS screens to indicate what device is installed. Also, if removable it may not be
fully seated or could simply be defective.
--we checked that and also tried using an external USB CD-ROM and that didn't
work, either.

>>Then you are able to access the BIOS screens?
--yes. easily. no password protection or anything.

(thanks for your help, by the way)


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#11
January 6, 2009 at 10:47:13
The BIOS must have an option to boot from whatever device you wish to use and have that option in the boot order.

Are you sure your WinXP CD is good?


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