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I have a compaq E700 laptop that I just bought. The Floppy drive, cd, worked fine. It had win 2000 on it, and it worked fine. But w2000 does not have a SYSTEM RESTORE prog. Win XP does and I need that prog. So I attempted to load xp over W2000 as a dual operating system. MY laptop has a 13.5 gig hd and about 190,000 mb of memory. The first time I did it win xp was a bad load. so I tried again and made a mistake of formatting the hd with ntsf. The first time I did not.

Needeless to say , now I have absolutely NOTHING.

Each time I try to load xp, now on the 10 th try, I get a very quick flashing note and then the puter begins to reinstall. This is the vicious circle that I am now facing.

The best I can read the flashed note is as follows.
"a write operation in an attempt..... to complete.....after .... the API"
the ..... = missing words. It flashes to fast and connot be read.

The second problem.

After initializing the f 10 button to get to the bios, I changed the boot sequence from Hard drive to both the cd and the floppy.

I have a beautiful floppy which has on it means to fdisk, format and load to the c drive the initial startup progs. Now I cannot get to the floppy. I get an error code "Remove all media and click any key to continue.

I have original win 95, win98, win98s and xp cd's. I do not have win 2000.

I just tried to format, using the xp cd to non ntsf, hoping I might be able to install win 95 or 98. That also failed.

Now I am staring at a black useless laptop. I NEED HELP>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Where do you stand at this time?
For anything to work, you need the CD or the floppy to work.
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