new guy here. have read many,many posts past couple days &
am seeking advice/help.
bought HP-NC4200 laptop. build date 6=7-06
pentium M, Intel centrino, XP pro COA.
was a repo from a bank. hard drive was professionaly (was told) wiped clean.
laptop didnt come with any discs. (recovery/install)
upon start up..screen shows "Non System disk or disk error-replace & strike any key when ready"
assume thats because no OS is installed?
I can get into bios. have changed boot settings to start with usb drive.
am trying to install XP pro from USB zip (portable pocket,take along)
pc starts up & then goes into black screen with blinking cursor in top left. from there...nothing else can be done, except shutdown/off.
have also ran bios HDD self test...which shows ok
also ran memeory check....shows ok.
main HD sounds to be starting & running on power up.
is there a(simple/easy) way to make usb bootable?
I may have not done it the right way. used wintoflash app to install XP from CD to usb drive.
Have also read & wondered if Cmos may need reset first?
or do I need to have HP HD format tool (app)also?
I also have portable HD that can be used for installing XP but,
cant, not sure how, to make XP install from that either.
any help would be wonderful!
Edited by amtryingto, 08 February 2010 - 08:27 AM.