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Installing xp from DOS


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greatest757

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Hi
I have a laptop with no CD recorder and a new installed harddrive. (formatted)
So I have copied the I386 to C:\I386 I then run winnt for setup and everything seems to work fine and it says "restart your machine and the setup will continue." But when it starts up nothing happens!
What to do?

Thanks for all your help
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nothing happens.....something happens. Something always happens. Describe it

You do get a hardware detection screen, correct?(memory count up, drive detection)

then what.

Blinking cursor?

Dos menu mentioning anything?

It is totally black?

What is your boot order in BIOS

You formatted the drive as fat32 ?

One partition or two?
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Hi

You're right, something happens.
I get a blinking cursor.

Thanks
Bios boots on hard drive as first
2 partitions
formatted through DOS with format c:
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why are you not using the xp cd to install?
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If you read my problem I have a laptop with no CD, so I have used a bootdisk to boot to the network and copied the I386 folder to my c:!!!
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if you get a hardware detection, and then straight to blinking cursor (and I assume no RAID controller), I tend to think you have a master boot record problem.

You've got the first partion formatted as fat32....is the second partion formatted?

Where did you place the i386 directory? On c:? or on the second partition?

How did you get the i386 directory on the harddrive...second computer or DOS copy command?
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I've tried to format in both fat32 and NTFS but I get the same problem.
I placed the i386 files under c:\i386
I copied it from the CD on the network with xcopy over DOS.
That's the only way I can boot the laptop, in DOS mode.
It's a Compaq Evo n400c laptop
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Since you are dealing with a clean start, delete all partitions and create a new one, then format it fat32, then do as you did above.

Something is missing in your description, but a clean slate may get you off on a better start.

If it were me, I would create two partitions, a large first one, leaving it unformatted, and a second smaller one of about 1gb, formatting it as fat32.

Boot with bootdisk, xcopy I386 to the second partition, then install winxp. During setup, select the first partition, have winxp format it ntfs.

An ntfs formatted drive is more efficient than a converted ntfs drive
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