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Old 12th February 2009, 00:02   #1
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I here have a portable that cannot boot from USB, and has no optical drive. But I want to install windows XP.

What I did, is using a bracket simply connected the hard disk to my PC, and then installed the Windows on that drive. Put it back in the portable, it starts, but then hangs on a black screen. I guess some default drivers not ok.

Any solutions ? I was thinking of copying all the files from the CD to the hard disk and then launch installation from the portable. But how
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I'll also try a sysprep tomorrow;

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302577
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most likely device driver issue; storage controller.
what kind of laptop is it?
on what kind of system are you "preinstalling" the XP?


is there a floppy drive available?
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There is no external drive.

Installing on a E5200 + nvidia chipset board, and want to use it on a P3 based portable. 7 year gap
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do you still have a driver CD of this laptop? what kind of portable?
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Dell C400. Drivers can be found on the dell site, that's not the problem.
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install all those drivers on the XP system before you move it to the C400
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Doesn't do the trick.

Extra question. How can I install dos on the harddisk and make it bootable. Only dos. So that I can copy the data folder from he cd and launch so the installation.
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Format the laptop HDD as FAT16/32 in Windows XP

Do you have a floppy drive in your main PC?
http://bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm
create 98SE bootdisk floppy;

on your main PC, disconnect all HDD drives except lappy HDD, reboot your machine with the 98SE floppy. Do a "sys C:" at the command prompt, this will copy the DOS system files to your HDD an make it bootable;

afterwards you can reconnect all other HDDs reboot in XP and copy the i386 folder from your XP cd
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don't have floppy either. Will try with windows 98 CD
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