System will not load

September 1, 2011 at 13:44:11
Specs: Windows XP
error loading operating system is the message I keep getting on my armada 1750 laptop after attempting to format and load windows xp. What other information do you need?

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#1
September 1, 2011 at 18:03:06
You have set the bios to boot from CD?

If Yes, do you see the press any key message ( you only have a few seconds to do so )?


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#2
September 1, 2011 at 18:20:40
John, I do see a press any key, however, when I press any key xp setup begins. This is as far as I can get. Thank you.

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#3
September 1, 2011 at 18:33:38
buchy, have you installed a new hard drive & if so, what size is it?

Do you have a floppy drive on the lappy?


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#4
September 1, 2011 at 19:11:36
did not install a new hard drive, current one is 6g. I do have a floppy.

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#5
September 1, 2011 at 19:20:01
"I do have a floppy"

Ok buchy, if the HD is still good, I use these 2 programs to get it back to factory condition.

Use your XP CD to format to NTFS & then continue the install.

To get your HD really clean, use both of these, they are instant ( no waiting ) start with Zap 1st & WIPE OUT immediately after.
Only safe way to clean up the HD, is to do it on it's own, in other words no other HD connected to the cable or motherboard.
Zap when finished, gives messages that make you think it has failed, it has'nt.

1: Make sure no other hard drive is connected.

2: Set the bios to boot from floppy or CD first.

3: Use this W95 boot disk. Unzip the files onto a floppy or boot CD & reboot.
W95 Boot disk files.zip
http://www.mediafire.com/?db15abt4e...

4: Type > zap 1 & press > Enter.

5: Type > wipeout c: /nq /np & press > Enter

6: Change bios to boot from CD first.

7: Remove boot disk, insert XP ( or whatever operating system you want to install ) CD & reboot, format & partition ( recommend NTFS ) as required.


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#6
September 1, 2011 at 19:25:51
Thanks John--I'll let you know how it works out.

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#7
September 1, 2011 at 19:57:33
John, I downloaded the bootdisk, however, I cannot get into the bios. The start up screen only has the "error loading operating system message." Do you have any suggestions? Of course, the setup files will load from the xp disk and I have formatted to ntfs as you directed. What do I do now?

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#8
September 1, 2011 at 20:04:15
Have you tried putting my files on a floppy & booting?

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#9
September 1, 2011 at 20:06:37
Yes, I put them on a floppy and cd. Doesn't the system boot itself when you insert your floppy or cd?

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#10
September 1, 2011 at 20:15:24
"Doesn't the system boot itself when you insert your floppy or cd?"
No, you have to reboot.

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#11
September 1, 2011 at 20:37:18
Okay, LOL!!!

Xp formats ntfs then tells me I must use another partition because C cannot be partitioned. What shall I do. Also, how can you tell if the HD is bad?


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#12
September 1, 2011 at 20:44:23
"Xp formats ntfs then tells me I must use another partition because C cannot be partitioned"

What I wanted you to do is get rid of any hidden files by using the floppy, try it to see if it boots, if not, don't try anything else, get back to me. We should know soon if the HD is Ok.


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#13
September 1, 2011 at 20:53:22
Would it be helpful to know that I am using another computer to speak with you and not the one I'm trying to repair?

I unzipped all of the files onto the cd. Put the cd in and restarted the computer. Should I do anything other than this? If not, it is not working. On the computer I am repairing, I do not get a prompt or anything--just Error loading operating system.


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#14
September 1, 2011 at 20:58:39
I have been talking floppy once I knew your skill level ( not knowing you had to reboot )
To put the files on a CD, you have to make the CD bootable, with the floppy, once you copy all my files on to it, the floppy will boot, providing the bios reads it.

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#15
September 1, 2011 at 21:08:57
If you hav'nt got a floppy disk to put my files on, let me know.

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#16
September 4, 2011 at 19:51:44
John W.

Sorry for the delay in getting back with you--work schedule conflicts. Just wanted to let you know that you are a brilliant person. Your suggestion worked perfectly. Thank you for the info.


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#17
September 4, 2011 at 20:13:19
Nice work buchy, thanks for letting us know.

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