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Installing OS

by SexySlevy / February 19, 2015 4:32 PM PST

I recently received an old Dell Latitude C840. It had it's hard drive wiped with a think vantage program. It is able to boot but ends up at a black screen with text.

How can I install an operating system?

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Re: installing OS
by Kees_B Forum moderator / February 19, 2015 4:57 PM PST
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That's easy. You get an OS install disk, boot from it and install the OS.

The ones I see on eBay have 256 or 512 MB RAM. That limits you to using Windows XP or a small version of Linux. But I'm afraid that with Windows XP you'll have trouble to find the necessary drivers to fully enjoy all this laptop had to offer.


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Re: Re: installing OS
by SexySlevy / February 20, 2015 3:27 AM PST
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Thanks for the answer!

Would Windows 2000 work?

What versions of Linux would work best?

Thanks in advance!

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Windows 2000. That's my game.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 20, 2015 3:55 AM PST
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I ran NT 3.5, 4.0, 2000 for many years. The thing here is you would never expose these to the web because of unpatched vulnerabilities. There will never be a patch.

Also, you run into the same driver hunt issue. So sure, your choice at the end of the day.

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