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mjc189 Aug 12, 2004 08:53 AM

reformated my laptop and need help
I have a compaq 2100 series laptop and was running windows xp. I got to disk 3 (out of 4 disks) and lost power. now when I turn on my laptop it says preboot execution environment then it says operating system not found. what do I do ?


Nuttapper Aug 12, 2004 05:58 PM

what are the 3 out of 4 disc's your on about?? Do you have a cdrom drive? and a floppy drive in the lappy? boot from a win 98 floppy, use fdisk, delete the primary partition, re-create it, then format it.. go into the bios and set it to boot from the CDrom, slip the windows XP disc in and let it re-install itself

mjc189 Aug 18, 2004 08:30 AM

the disks are the system restore disks. I have no floppy drive, no windows 98 disk and I don't know about fdisk. can I just boot from my cdrom with an xp cd in the drive now ?

PREECY Aug 18, 2004 09:41 AM

you should be able to boot directly from a windows xp cd, providing you have your cdrom selected as a boot devices in your bios... no need for those horrible floppy these days.

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