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LukeMcD

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OK I received this laptop yesterday. I deleted one of the partitions and wanted to delete the second one, but upon rebooting I was faced with this message:

Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.

Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware.

Please check the Windows documentation about hardware disk configuration and your hardware reference manuals for additional information.


When I put the OS disc in it says something like "Press any key to boot from CD" and this message appears again.

I have tried going into the BIOS to configure the boot sequence but the only keys I can seem to navigate with are Esc and the left arrow.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

Edited by dudeinmud, 06 March 2011 - 12:21 PM.

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ZaRMan

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Did you know what was on the partition before deleting it? And what process did you go through to delete it?
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It was some type of XP.

To delete the partition I inserted the new OS disc and it took me to the blue menu where you can delete, add and install partitions.

I then deleted that XP partition.
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Where did you get the OS disc? (is it XP?)
Also if you could add details about your laptop that would be helpfulPosted Image

Edited by ZaRMan, 06 March 2011 - 05:11 AM.

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The laptop is a Packard Bell easynote R4.

The OS is a disc copy that I made of an old PC that I do not use any more.
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So you mean that the disc is a repair disc and not an XP installation disc? How exactly did you 'make' this OS disc? And since this is new, did any discs arrive with the laptop in the packaging? Sorry about all the questions but I need to know certain details to get to the root of the problem

Edited by ZaRMan, 06 March 2011 - 05:31 AM.

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LukeMcD

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So you mean that the disc is a repair disc and not an XP installation disc? How exactly did you 'make' this OS disc? And since this is new, did any discs arrive with the laptop in the packaging? Sorry about all the questions but I need to know certain details to get to the root of the problem


It is not a repair disc, it is a full OS disc, it is the same one as my old PC (Windows XP). The disc has worked before on another PC.

The laptop was given to me with nothing but the PSU.
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Someone please help - how do I mark this thread as unsolved?
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Not sure why you want to Mark Unsolved when you have received 3 replies in less then 12 hours.
Please remember we are all volunteers here and the member or staff that may be helping you may be on a different time zone then you are. Also please be patient as we have families to take time with so we cannot be here all the time.


It is not a repair disc, it is a full OS disc, it is the same one as my old PC (Windows XP). The disc has worked before on another PC.

What reg key are you using to activate this with?



The OS is a disc copy that I made of an old PC that I do not use any more.

Please explain what you mean by copy. Are you saying you imaged from another system to this system?
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Yes is is imaged off of an old pc and worked with another.
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Ok that may be the problem. Since the image would contain the drivers from the host system they may be conflicting with this system.
What about my other question about the reg key to activate windows. Where is that coming from?
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Ok that may be the problem. Since the image would contain the drivers from the host system they may be conflicting with this system.
What about my other question about the reg key to activate windows. Where is that coming from?

ok i tried it with my friends oem disc. using a normal windows xp BUT i havent even got that far - i cant get to the partition part.
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Go HERE for step by step instructions on how to partition, format, and install XP fresh


http://lifehacker.co...atch-157578.php
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