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HP Compaq nc8430 laptop
Windows XP Professional
Processor: Intel T2500 Core Duo (2.0 GHz)
Original Hard Drive: Fujitsu 80 GB 5400RPM SATA
Memory: 2GB DDR2 667 PC2-5400
Things I have done so far: purchased a new hard drive for it (400gb) and switched out the memory. The memory works fine in another laptop.
The laptop is a friend’s and I offered to install Windows XP Pro on it for him. The laptop did not have an OS installed on it as it was given to him that way. The Windows XP had been deleted off of it as well as all its information. The person that gave it to him said it worked fine and all it needed was for the XP to be reinstalled in it again.
Originally, I had installed Windows XP Home on it and it worked fine, but then I read that the version had to be the same one for its product key to work. I also read that when two OS’s are installed on the same hard disk, they take up more space and often there’s driver conflicts. I thought if I cleaned the drive completely, the reinstallation of Windows would work better, take up less space and not cause driver conflicts.
It had its original hard disk of 80gb but after I sanitized it, it did not want to install the Windows reinstall disk that I received from HP. I ordered the reinstall disk from HP by phone. I read that sometimes the hard drive is unusable after sanitizing it so I decided to purchase a brand new hard drive, a 400gb disk from the same maker as the original hard drive it came with; Fujitsu. When I called HP to order to disk, they informed me that I could still use the existing key, so they sent me out two disks; the reinstall disk and an application and driver recovery disk.
The new hard drive that arrived so I could install the Windows XP Pro to it gave me lots of difficulty as I had to keep trying to get it to install; and remember, this is the NEW hard drive, not the old one, as the same thing was happening there as well.
When I tried to install XP to the new drive, I don’t know what I press, but it got as far as installing windows, but then came the part came for it to shut down, it said it needed to reboot. I suspect it was F6. After it rebooted, it did not start from the hard drive, it would just be a black screen sand say: "A disc read error occurred. Press Ctrl-Alt-Del to Restart". So I’d press that and it would go either way: back to reinstall through the disk or just say that up there if I didn‘t select “Optical Drive“. That happened ONE time. After that, even pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del did not work as I had to use the shut down button and get it to restart that way.
I have been searching out solutions, but they always seem to involve something else that is not what’s going on exactly with this laptop. I cannot get it past the installation of Windows XP Pro.
Someone here wrote that one problem may be that XP won’t load to a SATA HD and that might be why I am getting the error message. If this is an issue, how can I fix it? I have the second disk which has the drivers but when I insert it, it doesn’t do anything, nothing loads from it.
I would like any help with this. I am running out of solutions. Thanks.