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09-04-2009 03:21 AM
I have tried to install xp on my hp mini 2140 but the install wont boot from my usb-memory. I works fine on my desktop computer so the usb-memory is bootable.
I only get a black screen with the cursor blinking in the corner...same if i try to boot from cd with external dvd/cd-reader.
BIOS is updated to F.03 using the freedos image. No problems booting ubuntu install from same usb-memory.
The harddrive is now completely clean after using the HP Disk sanitization.
09-04-2009 04:21 AM
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09-04-2009 06:41 AM
i can only think of a hd problem due to the disk sanitizer.. did your mini come with windows preinstalled? if not... and i suppose its that case, since you have freedos... then the drivers required to use the hd arent installed (at least not these for windows).
basically the problem is the hd in sata mode not being recognized, therefore the windows installation not wanting to start (during each os installation first several drivers have to be preloaded - the first few minutes before you get to the screen asking you whether you want to install the os, perform an in-place uograde/repair install, use the recovery console etc.). on a desktop pc without any advanced options-constraint this can be easily done by making the sata drive be handled as a ide drive.
how it can be done on a notebook, even worse, a hp notebook with its maximum-5-options-and-thats-all-bios, i dont know, sorry. i seem to remember some kind of pressing F6 during boot when wanting to boot if there are driver problems, but no idea.
hopefully someone knows more about freedos and non-windows-preinstalled-notebooks.
09-04-2009 06:46 AM
The computer came with windows xp home pre-installed. The FreeDOS i used to upgrade the bios i downloaded from hp's own site.. it was a win32 application that turned one of my usb-sticks into bootable firmware-upgrade.
09-04-2009 06:47 AM - edited 09-04-2009 07:06 AM
maybe one last idea..
go into your bios setup > system configuration > device configurations
-turn off data execution prevention
-turn off sata native mode
run the file sanitizer again (quick).
maybe then its gonna be running in a non-sata mode and you can boot the win-install. however, if this succeeds, youll have to install sata/ahci drivers manually inside windows afterwards, and then turn on sata native mode again. there should be plenty of articles about that issue around, especially regarding (hp) notebooks, since this problem may occur when downgrading from vista to xp where the xp sata/ahci drivers then are missing.
EDIT: turn on data execution prevention again afterwards as well, of course
EDIT #2: i just took a look through the net and came across several posts where users with the hp 550 notebook complained about the same issue with freedos and windows not wanting to install (although even having a cd drive ), and it really seems to be this sata mode problem, so try it out.
EDIT #3: STRIKE! hp even helps with this issue!
this way is to integrate the drivers in the windows installation, this certainly works