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tstackpi

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Hello all! I apologize that my first post is a problem but I guess that's all how we found the site in the first place. I am somewhat of an intermediate novice when it comes to computers, but I have always done well by adhering to logic and remembering how I fixed old problems. That being said, this is new to me and I need some advanced advice.

The problem I am having is with my girlfriends old HP Omnibook 6000. The laptop crashed before I met her (couldn't even get into safe mode), she lost her resource CD, and of course I told her I could fix it (ha...help). Her computer came without a floppy drive so I removed her HD and placed it into my older Gateway model to write zeros to it (w/GWSCAN). That being done, I swapped the HD back into her system, changed the boot order, and installed an XP disk into her CD tray. When I rebooted her system I received the message "Operating System not found".

Her laptop ran '98 and I'm wondering if her BIOS won't support XP (the HP website didn't have any conclusive data to sway me either way), if that is even possible. And, if that is the problem, how do I install a new BIOS in her condition without a floppy?

I am mainly stumped due to the fact that the boot order is first to boot from the CD/DVD drive, and then to the HD...what am I missing?

Side note: the BIOS recognizes the HD

Edited by tstackpi, 29 July 2005 - 05:52 PM.

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A lot of times an updated bios is needed in order to get to use the windows xp operating system on an older system- what you can do is download the bios and make a bootable CD disk to flash the bios

without an updated bios on the machine- windows xp wont install- try calling xp and see if that model laptop can support it with the bios it has now
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Soxrok, thanks for the advice (and congatulations coming from the north side of chicago). Here's the new situation: Wrote XP and HP and am currently waiting for a response relating to the BIOS. For kicks, i switched the blank HD into my old gateway that is currently running XP (known working BIOS). Amazingly i get the exact same problem. This time however, i noticed the error "PXE-e61: Media test failure check cable". I switched the HD back into the HP and received the same. To make sure that the HD was functioning properly, i ran GWSCAN again to check the HD for errors; full test, 30 min., no problems. Now i really have no clue.

I have done a little research on PXE-e61 and have tried all the fixes that were available. Unfortunatly for both BIOS' i have no option of disabling a network boot. The best that i could do was to put that option last. Again, what am i missing?!

thanks to anyone that has ANY input here, this is extremely frustrating :tazz:

Side note: Also tried putting in working XP HD into HP and got only a blinking curser...BIOS issue???

Edited by tstackpi, 29 July 2005 - 11:07 PM.

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