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!