I have a laptop that has not been used for a while and is going to become more of a back-up computer for our home use. It worked fine with WIN 98 but had a bunch of files on it we didn’t need. I thought I would try to load XP on it for an operating system. It wasn’t until after I had tried that I found out on the Gateway website that XP was not supported on this model.
It seemed to load XP normal and then when I tried to restart the computer, it wouldn’t start up. I tried to load WIN 98 2nd edition from an original CD as well as a floppy that was made when computer was purchased. No luck. Here is what I am allowed to do:
Gateway screen shows, then the (Press F2 for changes), I can go through the Bios and all that and make changes. I have been able to enter just about all DOS commands at the prompt. However I am unable to use (SYS C:) I get the following error: (Bad command, invalid entry) Computer runs Scandisk/all and shows no problems.
I was able to create a primary DOS partition but when I try to format the Hard Drive I get the following message after about 20%. (INVALID MEDIA OR TRACK 0 BAD -DISK UNUSEABLE) or I get this when trying to format through WIN 98 disk setup. Formatting hard drive, (Trying to recover allocation unit) then (an error was detected while formatting your primary hard disk partition)
Now when I try to start up, I almost always get (Missing operating system) and in order to get to a DOS prompt I have to press F2 at the startup or change from floppy to CD start up.
This computer seemed to work fine before I got my hands on it so I am sort of ruling out hardware problems and leaning more toward the fact that something got erased or an incorrect BIOS is entered. I know just enough about it to get myself in trouble. I am ready to take it to the local PC Clinic but thought I would try this first. Any help would be great.
-Gateway Solo Pro 9300
-Pentium III, 500 MHz, 128 MB RAM