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Vic Sharma Jun 16, 2005, 06:35am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jun 16, 2005, 02:03pm EDT

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Hi, I'm a first timer here.

Just baught this Compaq Presario 1500 laptop off e-bay without any operating system or restore discs.

The problem is that I can not get it to boot to XP. I have a Windows XP disc but the installation does not start by itself - I have set the CD-ROM as first boot priority in BIOS. I also have an XP boot diskette but it does not do anything. This laptop is not my main computer but I can not make any more boot diskettes as my main computer does not have a floppy drive (it does have a CD-RW)

The other problem is that I am not even able to work in DOS as it keeps asking to "type the name of Command Interpreter (eg - C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND.COM)"

Please help - could there be a hardware problem . Also I will appreciate if the advice is explained in step-by -step to- do format as unlike you guys I am just an amateur on comps.

Thanks


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ioneabee Jun 16, 2005, 07:32am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Laptop wont Boot - Please Help
see the post I replied to here http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/topic/44939/
but stick with further comments on this thread

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Vic Sharma Jun 16, 2005, 02:08pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Laptop wont Boot - Please Help
Hi - the XP dc does workon my sony Vaio but fails to work on the compaq.

Also i was wondering if there is some way i may be able to obtain the command.com file.


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