Have a huge problem here(Well , might be nothing for U , but I know nothing of this ...)
I got a Compaq 2200 from a friend that needed Win XP in Spanish and I have the original disk , so... I installed and no problems at all , later on my beloved IBM600X died , so , another friend gave me her old laptop which is an ASUS M2400 model M2E... suppose to stop working long ago cuz windows not start and bla bla bla...
I formatted the HDD , 2 partitions , so deleted both and created only one and hit the win CD , and the ASUS created another partition (I believe C:) with no space , so seems to me machine was confused with drives , went to BIOS and set up to boot from CD but keep doing the same thing , try to start with no partition so win install will create one , but the same result ... so frustrating!!!!!!!!!!!
More than a week trying to find out how... finally I switched HDD¨s with my friends Compaq presario2200 (Who said no , no , sorry , not Spanish , need English...), and SURPRISE!!!!! now the two computers have the same problem.
I´ve been with this over a week now and still no can find asnwer... but : I did leard that there are virus that reside outside partitions ( or so I think...) So been reading about it but no can find a solution yet...
Can these HDD´s be fixed?
40GB , but ... can they be rescued , I mean is there any way to clean the boot sector ?
Is it possible that the virus infected the BIOS? or only the memory?
If it infected the BIOS , how can I create a boot CD (No can do floppy though) to reload the BIOS?
Guys , Thank you very much for any help, I really don´t know anything about these things and desperately need a machine...and worst of all ...feel horrible I screwed my friend´s COMPAQ and MUST be responsable for it.
Please , if anyone could help I would be forever grateful.
Thank you very much .