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#1 sparko33

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 11:00 AM

Hi all.
Doing a fresh install on my wifes medion laptop. Removed the partition and formatted the drive NTFS with no probs.
Started the install and everything is great untill i come to the personal setting. The option boxes (time date languages preferences) are over full screen size so i can't navigate to enter anything (just showing the top third of the box full screen)
Really stuck here so any help at all would be great.
Thankyou.
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Posted 07 March 2008 - 11:17 AM

Hmmm... I'm guessing it must be bios related; however, not knowing your specific options, I would review the graphics options carefully and, if all else fails, try resetting the options to their factory default settings.

Edited by ucanfixit, 07 March 2008 - 11:18 AM.


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Posted 07 March 2008 - 11:33 AM

Thanks ucan.
Being a sort of newbie, i am sitting here with my xp disc still in the laptop. I take it that i remove the disc and restart in bios and nose around any display options and reset them?
If thats right i'll give it a try.
Thanks.
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Posted 07 March 2008 - 11:50 AM

Page\Arrow keys been tried yet?

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 11:56 AM

Thanks hitsquad.
Just tried you're advice but to no avail.
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Posted 07 March 2008 - 11:57 AM

Thanks ucan.
Being a sort of newbie, i am sitting here with my xp disc still in the laptop. I take it that i remove the disc and restart in bios and nose around any display options and reset them?
If thats right i'll give it a try.
Thanks.
Colin.

You got the idea...

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 12:03 PM

I'd be more enclined to see if I could just "enter key" my way through setup rather then remove the cd in mid-stream.
Nothing in that section that can't be changed once the OS and video drivers are loaded. (if you can get that far)

Edited by HitSquad, 07 March 2008 - 12:06 PM.


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Posted 07 March 2008 - 12:25 PM

Ok. Removed CD and started in bios. Only option there was to reset cmos, so i did. Rebooted and windows resumed installation.
Tried enter but got stuck when asked to type name of company or organization 'cause not able to see the text box.
Thanks.
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Posted 07 March 2008 - 12:33 PM

You wont find anything in the BIOS that will help you
The problem appears to me that Windows is running in low res at this point. Probably 640x480. That is why it is too big for you to see

Just hit enter thought the setup to take the defaults as HitSquad suggests.
Windows should adjust the dispay settings for you right before the desktop loads.
Then you need to install the appropriate drivers, if necessary
In the beginning there was the command line.

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 12:36 PM

Ok. Removed CD and started in bios. Only option there was to reset cmos, so i did. Rebooted and windows resumed installation.
Tried enter but got stuck when asked to type name of company or organization 'cause not able to see the text box.
Thanks.
Colin.

Hmmm... Sorry that did not work. Ok then, maybe Hitsquad's suggestion is the only way to go for you. However, I would also like to add one other key function and that is the use of the tab key (which moves you to a different insertion point on a page (even if you can't see it). So use the return/enter key as suggested by Hitsquad, and if nothing happens (ie, the installation does not progress), hit the tab key and then enter. If prompted for a user name or company name, try typing it even if you can't see it.

Edited by ucanfixit, 07 March 2008 - 12:38 PM.


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Posted 07 March 2008 - 12:45 PM

Hello eyesee,

It's a real shame that you weren't around to provide that information upfront and before the bios suggestion was actually tried but it is still a great piece of Monday Morning Quarterbacking!

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 02:42 PM

Managed to get past six setup screens using tab/enter and a bit of guesswork but the date/time finally got me.
Laptop now on floor with broken hinge so i think i'll be looking on e-bay shortly.
Wife not at all happy but blamed the dog for jumping up.
Thanks for all you're help.
Colin.

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 03:37 PM

Colin,

So sorry to hear that. Best of luck going forward.

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 03:40 PM

There may be problem in the bios of your you wife's laptop. Or it is might possible that graphics are not set properly. Have you hit ENTER key from the keyboard to enter default date which later you can change. See if this works.

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Posted 08 March 2008 - 08:02 AM

If you're using a copy of an XP installation CD that isn't the Medion CD - that may be the cause of the problem.
The solution would probably be to slipstream the video driver into the XP installation CD. I've never done it myself, but this google search may help: http://www.google.com/search?q=slipstream+...lient=firefox-a
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