I have inherited an older laptop and need help bringing it back to life.
Evidently it quit working and was put away. When I tried to boot it I got a No OS installed error.
It is a ASUS X70L-7s021C, 17inch display, x86, Intel Pentium Dual T2370 @ 1.7GHz. It has a Vista product sticker, tho both the user manual I downloaded and the the ASUS X70L webpage say it shipped with XP?!?
So right away I installed 4Gb of new RAM and a new Toshiba HDD. Both were tried in another laptop to confirm they are good. I figured it would fire right up and I'd install Win 7 and get on with life. Wrong...
The ASUS runs Linux Live Discs very well for hours and all features work. My problem is I can not get any OS to install. On Linux, when a Live Disc is running and I click install I can only get to the point where they ask my location. I choose it and then the laptop freezes or shuts down. Same thing if I choose to install-now from the startup menu. I tried Ububtu, LXLE, Linux Lite, etc., live versions all work but none will install. I tried Win 7 (thats what I really wanted) and XP, with those I get a BSOD when clicking the Install button on the window where you can choose to Repair or Install. Error msg x000000000700. I took the working Win 7 HDD out of my primary laptop and tried that in the Asus, it goes to the Startup Repair window, and neither of the 2 options worked to get it to boot. PC Check finds no hardware problems. Out of curiosity I ran Memtest Boot Disc and from H's Boot Disc Tools, Toshiba HDD Tester and every other hardware testing tool that I could figure out, all passed on those. The (very simple) BIOS settings look right, and I did reset them to default but no difference.
If you are going to suggest I flash the BIOS, please explain why. Doesn't the fact that Live Discs will run prove the BIOS is not corrupt?
I am out of ideas. Anyone got any suggestions? Thanks.