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#1 Tplush

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 12:08 AM

I have a computer I am trying to install operating system on but I have run out of ideas. It is a hp pavilion 10 touchsmart 10z-e000 notebook. First off the hard drive went bad so I replaced it with a new one. Well there is no cd drive which makes it hard to use a windows 7 cd and when I go to the boot option menu it displays no options such as usb, cd drive etc. I have a external cd drive but of course it cannot read it without installing drivers. I have run out of things to try and need help please. I am pretty decent with computers but this one has me.



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Posted 04 April 2014 - 12:28 AM

Which operating system do you want to install?



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Posted 04 April 2014 - 12:32 AM

Windows 7. Or any that would work. I have a windows 7 cd that I was going to use just no way on installing it



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Posted 04 April 2014 - 12:48 AM

Is the machine still running? What was the original OS?

 

these questions are important, I'm not being difficult...



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Posted 04 April 2014 - 03:07 AM

You might see if the following links help:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c03684354&tmp_task=solveCategory&cc=us&dlc=en&lang=en&lc=en&product=6488458#N596

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c03489643&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&product=6488458#N1874

If neither of those links offer any help on using the Windows 7 disc you already have, you should be able to order a USB recovery drive from HP:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=bph07143&tmp_task=solveCategory&cc=us&dlc=en&lang=en&lc=en&product=6488458#N103

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 08:01 AM

In the BIOS is there an option to enable USB?  It should be somthing like enable USB controllers


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Posted 04 April 2014 - 08:50 AM

Is the machine still running? What was the original OS?

 

these questions are important, I'm not being difficult...

I understand, yes the machine was still running. I put in the new hard drive and can access HP system test, BIOS. It books and comes to a black screen saying no OS installed. It previously had windows 8 installed

 

 

 

 

SamX5 I did not see an option to enable usb. That is what I have been trying to find.



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Posted 04 April 2014 - 09:08 AM

thinking...

 

you could always mount the HDD in another machine, install Linux, and then just transfer it back... You would have the drivers then to install Windows next to Linux from an external drive. There should be a way to install from USB though.

 

Have you contacted HP? They  may be able to help...


Edited by TsVk!, 04 April 2014 - 09:17 AM.


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Posted 04 April 2014 - 09:21 AM

Yea I agree with TsVk!, cloning your old drive could be the best way of doing it, if there are no USB controller options


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Posted 04 April 2014 - 09:34 AM

I have an old Dell laptop that i could use to install linux from. Would that work? The hard drive I pulled out of the laptop with windows 7 installed for some reason would not boot up when put in the HP laptop. I have called HP and they are just giving me trouble. Would that work to install an operating system on the hard drive from another computer and then put it in another?



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Posted 04 April 2014 - 09:41 AM

You might get errors by doing that but as long as you have the drives on there for your port CD I dont see why you couldnt do a new install once you've have the drive back in the HP


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Posted 04 April 2014 - 09:51 AM

I have an old Dell laptop that i could use to install linux from. Would that work? The hard drive I pulled out of the laptop with windows 7 installed for some reason would not boot up when put in the HP laptop. I have called HP and they are just giving me trouble. Would that work to install an operating system on the hard drive from another computer and then put it in another?

With Linux OS's.... very, very possible. Drivers are built in and not system dependent.

 

Try Mint... It's a great place to start from with Linux, very Windowsesque.

 

Download the Cinnamon release. (1st download links)

 

Come to the dark side. :wink:

 

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 05:35 PM

I installed unbuntu linux on a hard drive from another computer and when I plugged it in the HP it came to a black screen that said no operating system found. 



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Posted 06 April 2014 - 05:51 PM

You may have to disable SecureBoot and FastBoot in BIOS. I had a HP and I do not know if the options are similar to yours but under the Boot section in BIOS there is a listing called Boot Options. Highlight that with the arrow keys and press enter. You should see the options to boot from USB.

 

I do not have that much experience with linux but I can't understand how you can install linux on one computer and expect it to run when attached to a different computer. You cannot install Windows 7 on one computer and expect it to run on another if the hardware is different. You would run into driver conflicts.

 

Edit: How does one change the drivers on a linux installed on another computer after it is attached to a different computer. Seems difficult especially if there is a lot of different hardware between the two.


Edited by JohnC_21, 06 April 2014 - 05:55 PM.


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Posted 06 April 2014 - 07:26 PM

The drivers on Linux are built in to the operating system, it is nothing like Windows. You can hot swap disks between machines, I have done it multiple times. You generally do not need to install drivers at all for Linux, whereas you need to install all drivers for Windows...

 

You are spot on the money there on disabling secure boot and/or fast boot. If the option exists turn off UEFI boot also. (it could be called that).






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