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Can Windows XP be recovered for this old computer


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#1 richierein

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 05:59 PM

I was brought an HP n3370 laptop in non-working condition. This baby is old, very old. There is a sticker on the bottom with a serial number for Windows 98. I could get to the BIOS and run diagnostics. Everything works fine but the hard disk appeared worthless. There is no backup and no recovery medium. The information on the disk also had no value. It had been running Windows XP before it crashed. Unbelievable as it is, I was able to recover the hard disk using DBAN. Recovery disk sets can be purchased for newer computers for about $15. Here is the problem. I contacted HP to purchase a recovery disk set and they couldn't even identify this computer by it's serial number. They told me that they only maintain software for a period of five years. I never expected that the operating system couldn't be replaced. The owner of the computer is a minimum wage worker and is unable to easily purchase another computer. I suggested that she look around for a used laptop, possibly on Ebay. Does anyone know if it is possible to get this machine working again? HP says no.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 06:07 AM

Hi,there come a time when everything becomes useless ,the time is now for that laptop,
it might be possible to install winxp on it ,but it would not be worth the price of the winxp,
even if you could find a unused xp on e-bay, what would the laptop even be used for ,maybe you could but a Linux version on it .
I use to load those old things up with boating charts ,and sell them ,but there not even good for that anymore

Edited by caperjac, 06 April 2012 - 06:11 AM.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:29 PM

You could try Puppy Linux Live CD (128 MB).
Download the Lupu-528.005.iso and burn it to a CD to make it bootable. Don't know how? See here.
Run the Live CD to see if it is compatible with the laptop's hardware, internet connection, etc. If it's compatible and you like it, it can be installed on the hard drive via the CD. Nothing to loose but a little time and a blank CDR.

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Brooks



 


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Posted 09 April 2012 - 12:21 PM

Another good lightweight linux distro configured to run well on OLD systems is antiX
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 02:37 PM

Thank you everyone. :thumbup2:




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