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okay this is basically whats been driving me crazy for the past week.....my latptop(compaq presario 900) crash months ago but i was able to recover my data with a usb adapter after that i bought a IDE to laptop adapter so i would be able to install a clean version of windows xp using my desktop pc everything was going find except when i placed the HD back in the laptop it just shows a black screen saying operation system not found ...does anyone know why this shows up any suggestions would be helpfull thank you...
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you can't do what you did to install windows xp...xp is directly tied to the hardware platform that it's installed on...if you install xp on one motherboard profile (i.e. desktop) then try to boot to another motherboard profile (i.e. laptop) it will not boot...at all..ever...you HAVE to install xp on the motherboard/hardware that you plan on using it with...or another machine with the EXACT SAME motherboard...why did you take the drive out to install xp?
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my laptops cd-rom drive is messed up as well and without it i have no way of using the windows xp cd on it ...so your saying if i find another laptop similar to mines and install windows xp it should work on my old laptop??
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not similar...exact...well..exactly the same motherboard for sure...
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also...as an adendum there....does your lt have a removable cdrom drive? if so you may try switching cdrom drives and see if that makes a difference....some bios versions also allow for booting to usb devices which in theory would allow you to install windows from an external cdrom drive
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thanks for the info it save me from many days looking on the internet and many nights sleep...
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yeah it does have a removable cd-rom....as finding one to use is a small chance since almost no one i know has a laptop....yeah i tried using a usb cd-rom but i dont think my bios have what it takes
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well...if the bios is capable of booting to usb..it's not automatic...it's a setting that you have to turn on in bios
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ohh okay thanks il try it out..again thanks
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