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Cannot Install Vista

Hewlett-packard Compaq presario c700t no...
March 18, 2010 at 19:17:44
Specs: Vista Home Premium, 2.209 GHz / 894 MB
Good Day To You'll,

I hope you can assist me with the issues that I am about to present you with. I have just acquired a Compaq laptop from a very dear friend. I have a desk top but I love this laptop. The problem first started when she tried reinstalling Vista on the laptop, WHY you ask?. I have no idea she said that she was upgrading it, when it already had Vista installed. She is not computer knowledgeable to much. I will lament my issues for you in point form to try and make it easier for you to understand.

1- When I try installing Vista, as it gets to the point of where to install windows at the bottom of the box it has a warning that states: This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu. And when I select next I get another waring that states,: Windows is unable to find a system volume that meets its criteria for installation.

2- When I go the Start Up Check (F2) as it gets to Primary Hard Disk Self test when it gets to 10% it gives a very scary warning that STATES:1720- S.M.A.R.T. Hard Drive detects imminent failure (Failing ATTR:XX). Please backup the contents of the hard drive and run HDD self test in F10 setup.

3- When I perform a Hard Disk self test Long Test it giving me the same error as when I do the start up check, (se previous issue).

4- Also I have gotten the Error -0X80042453 when trying to do a system recovery which I suspect is useless as I cannot gt to anything, not even to boot in SAFE MODE.

By the way the HARDDRIVE is a new one.

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March 19, 2010 at 00:32:21
"By the way the HARDDRIVE is a new one"
-new drive can be bad, replace the hdd.

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March 19, 2010 at 13:47:00
"Cannot Install Vista"

- This is a good thing.

PowerMac 9600(1 ghz G4)
512mb RAM
50gb SCSI
ATi 9200 PCI

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March 19, 2010 at 14:23:30
I agree with Outlander. Go to Win 7.

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March 19, 2010 at 22:34:31
Os isn't a issue. Hdd is bad and if he installed win 7, he will see the same problem.

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April 6, 2010 at 04:56:13
Many thanks to you guys
That's what everybody has been telling me. So I will give it a shot. Don't worry will not install vista but going straight to Windows 7

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