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? Fdisk and then???

by shonyung / April 8, 2010 5:15 AM PDT

Given Presario C500 without hard drive,had Vista originally. Installed Samsung drive HM160HI. Friend?, installed xp pro OS. Later while installing programs, I would get " cannot complete installation because invalid windows system". For a short while could go on-line but performance declined, then couldn't connect with usb modem, dial-up or cable modem. Looked at system properties and saw "error" for Sierra wireless adapter, Wan miniport, realtek ethernet NIC, cricket USB wireless adapter, AVG miniport driver and network controller. Also have numerous Status "Degraded" on drivers,netbios,proxies,protocols,translaters,classifiers and more.
Should I FDisk and try loading Vista???
Any comments or suggestions will be GREATLY appreciated!!!

Thanks from missed the computer by a generation.....

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Not too many options with an invalid copy of XP
by Steven Haninger / April 8, 2010 5:33 AM PDT
In reply to: ? Fdisk and then???

About all I can recommend is to remove all partitions and start over with an OS meant for that system. If it has a product ID sticker and you have the Vista recovery software, that would be easiest. If you don't have the disks, you could contact the manufacturer to see if they are available for purchase.

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I'd get back to the stock OS.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 8, 2010 5:34 AM PDT
In reply to: ? Fdisk and then???

The clue here is "Later while installing programs, I would get " cannot complete installation because invalid windows system""

That's typical of a bad Windows install and not fixable by most. This is where I give the following advice.

Call HP and order the restore media for this machine. It usually runs about 35 bucks and will restore the machine to a supportable condition with all the right drivers that you have learned are next to impossible for those that support you to find and get working.

Get and use the restore media.

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Many Thanks
by shonyung / April 8, 2010 7:31 AM PDT

Thanks for the sugggestions guys I appreciate your help, unfortunately
the recovery kit is no available from HP because it's 4 years old. Is it standard for a company to discontinue service after only 4 years or
is that the average life span of laptops?? If not what brand would you recommend?
Once again,

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 8, 2010 8:06 AM PDT
In reply to: Many Thanks

Five years is the designed life of most consumer electronics. But you only lost the OS so given you can pick up Windows 7 for not much compared to a new laptop why not do that?

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by shonyung / April 8, 2010 10:47 AM PDT
In reply to: Actually.

Thanks again will try win7


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