Dell CPi A366XT won't boot to o/s getting error msg.

April 9, 2013 at 07:05:37
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Dell CPiA366XT 512 mb RAM,DVD/CD (uncertain of o/s on disk if any) won't boot to windows,I used an older HDD i had kicking around.Tried to boot it up and got 'remove diks and other media press any key to restart"message w/black screen.I can get into bios and I can use a windows vista hm.prem.install disk for desktop pc and it starts to load right up to startup screen to install vista but says l need 512 mb Ram.which is cool(WANTED TO SEE IF IT WOULD LOAD)and can get to the command prompt,what should I do from this point to restore my o/s to functioning properly but not sure how to proceed.. thanks for any advise!!

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April 9, 2013 at 07:37:31
Test the hard drive to see if it has failed. manufacturer's diagnostic software links are here:

Create a bootable CD containing the diagnostic software and boot your PC from it.
The diagnostic software will open and you can test the hard drive with it.

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April 9, 2013 at 15:04:27
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April 9, 2013 at 20:16:01
That's an old P-II. I doubt vista will even install on that. And you need to check the hard drive capacity/model to make sure it's even compatible with that laptop. Check cmos/bios setup to make sure the drive shows up correctly there.

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