Need help with installing operating system.

December 16, 2010 at 19:04:11
Specs: Windows 11.02.2010
I was given a Sony Via laptop and I'm having trouble installing an operating system on it. When I turn it on, it says no operating system found. I have Windows XP Professional to install on it, but it seems like it may not be reading the disk, not sure of that one, and not sure about the Bios and things like that, since I don't understand about it. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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#1
December 16, 2010 at 19:28:58
With XP you just need to boot with the XP cd and follow the prompts to do the install. If that's what you did then likely either the cd or cdrom is not in good shape. Make sure the disk is clean. You may want to get a cdrom cleaning disk and run it too but often you just need to replace the drive.

Or, you didn't list the specs of the laptop, perhaps it doesn't meet the minimum requirements for XP

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#2
December 17, 2010 at 00:53:26
The BIOS may be set to run from hard drive 1st. You may want to go into the BIOS and check the boot order to see if the cd is listed before the hard drive

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#3
December 17, 2010 at 06:10:19
"...I was given a Sony Via laptop..."

... there are many models which all have numbers click here Please post that name/number here.

... you may need to offer Sata driver at <F6> <key> prompt @ early XP install stage.

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#4
December 17, 2010 at 07:40:24
"you may need to offer Sata driver at <F6> <key> prompt @ early XP install stage"

That would be my guess too. If you have an SATA HDD, you won't be able to install XP unless you do the F6 driver install, OR change to IDE compatibility mode, OR create a new XP disc with the SATA drivers slipstreamed into it.


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