I think I screwed up loading OS

Toshiba satellite / 1905-S303
January 1, 2009 at 07:23:14
Specs: Windows 98, P4
Ok, I had to replace the HDD in my laptop. I installed the new drive and was unable to locate my copy of XP so being impatient, decided to try and load WIN98 (I have since located my copy of XP). Everything was working fine during the install, till the laptop rebooted. I wasn't paying attention when it said don't touch anything while it reboots. When the option to boot from the HD or the disk option was given I hit the boot from disk button (I think, it was a few days ago and I am a little foggy). It froze up and I ended up turning off the power. Now when I turn it on the power light comes on and I can hear the cd-rom drive spin, then nothing. The monitor never comes on at all. I have tried restarting it with a DOS boot disk on 3.5 and cd to no avail.

If anyone can tell me how badly I screwed up, and how I might be able to fix this I would be very greatful.


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#1
January 1, 2009 at 07:39:29
did you try booting with the xp cd ?

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#2
January 1, 2009 at 08:52:31
yes I did try that. All that happens is the power comes on and I can hear the disk spin and then nothing.

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#3
January 1, 2009 at 11:21:30
disconnect the HD and, try to boot to the bios setup. whatever you did to the HD, should have no effect on your ability to do this. Should be able to do it without a drive hooked up. "Ok, I had to replace the HDD in my laptop" why?

larry


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#4
January 1, 2009 at 18:14:27
I had to replace the HDD because the old one had something internally come loose. I could here it rattling after I took it out. I don't know exactly how that happened. It is an older laptop, and it is possible over time it had just been jarred enough.

I tried removing the hard drive and booting, but the screen never comes on at all. All that happened was that the fan started and that was all.


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#5
January 2, 2009 at 18:10:25
can you connect an external monitor?

larry


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