Posted 20 January 2006 - 06:57 PM
OK hear is my story. I bought my laptop used from my brother and it worked fine (compaq Presario 2100). I bought a wireless card and in my excitement over wireless, I didn't notice norton was expired. So needless to say, I aquired spysheriff. It totally locked up the computer. I had my uncle play with it and he installed windows 2000. My brother-in-law then said he could get XP back on it so what he did was image my hard drive (40G) to another hard drive (20G) and then he installed/updated the 20G. and everything went fine. So he decided to image the 20G to my 40G hard drive and at about 25% an error occurred and would not image anymore. By the way, I only know how to run one drive at a time, so I have to pull the drive and switch them. Also the 20G works, but I would like my 40G. When I start the 40G, it wants to know if I want to run XP or windows like always, when I had 2000 it said 2000 instead of XP, If I choose XP it says that it is missing a file: system hal.dll, something like that. and then no matter which button i hit, it restarts and does it all over again. I have tried to boot from the CD but it does the same thing. It will not let it start in safe mode or anything like that. If I choose to start from windows instead of windows XP it goes to a blank screen with a flashing cursor and I have to turn it off with the power button. I do not have anything important on the 40G so I was wondering if I could somehow format it and then reload XP. If so how do I get it to format, and then can I use the CDs that came with the computer to reload XP. I found out that the computer has 2 years left on the warranty from Best Buy, but will they still cover it since all this has happened. Sorry this is so long but I wanted to give you all the info I had. Thanks for any advice.