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    create a bootable floppy disk, set you bios to boot from the floppy drive.
    When it loads up type:
    fdisk /mbr
    and type y (yes) for any confirmations.

    This will write a new master boot record, restart the computer and set the bios to boot from th hard drive.

    If that doen't work run scandisk from DOS and see if that works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by affie
    create a bootable floppy disk, set you bios to boot from the floppy drive.
    When it loads up type:
    fdisk /mbr
    and type y (yes) for any confirmations.

    This will write a new master boot record, restart the computer and set the bios to boot from th hard drive.

    If that doen't work run scandisk from DOS and see if that works.
    I have no drive (i.e floppy cdrom or anything else), but thanks anyways. If its not a hardware problem i'll just take it to the local computer shop it shouldnt be more then $50 to repair it.
    *Laptop $107
    *Hauppauge WinTv-USB FM $36.02
    *USB Drive Enclosure $24.95
    *USB 2.0 PCMCIA Card $19.85
    *Crossover Cable $25.97
    *Earthmate GPS LT-20 $97.60
    *2.5 adapter 16.24
    Total - $327.63
    Current Budget - $322.37
    Aug 25. Deadline

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    I asked a local computer guy my problem he told me it could be the boot and said it you be around $80.Well I was balacing my budget on this build and that wont work. So can someone please help me with this. I dont know how to do fdisk. Maybe I can manualy input what i want booted, but i dont know how to do that either someone please help me.
    *Laptop $107
    *Hauppauge WinTv-USB FM $36.02
    *USB Drive Enclosure $24.95
    *USB 2.0 PCMCIA Card $19.85
    *Crossover Cable $25.97
    *Earthmate GPS LT-20 $97.60
    *2.5 adapter 16.24
    Total - $327.63
    Current Budget - $322.37
    Aug 25. Deadline

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    Talking LCD touchscreen

    I would like to see you get a 10.4" for the money you have, but I don't think it's possible they're tons o $!

    But hey shop ebay and you might!

    http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...sPageName=WDVW

    The above seems like a good deal and there's less than a day! check it out!

    http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...sPageName=WDVW <- this ones cheap but no power supply so it's not workable unless you get one.

    As for your HD problem what size is it? It sounds like what used to happen with older OS's and large HD's. If your using Windows NT or 2000 they only were able to use a 10GB NTFS partition, if you used a 20GB it would be fine, until you got disk space used over 20GB and replaced already existing system files. What happens is the system files get re-written and the tail of the free disk space and the system files could no longer be read by the OS at boot up.

    It might not exactly be your problem but the install of mediaplayer and no boot is what makes me think it was. Typically we got this issue after a service pack install on someone using more than 10GB of free drive space.

    I think someone mentioned it earlier, use XP and you shouldn't have these issues.

    About your RAM if you're looking at doing video, get a decoder board. I think you already have which will help in vids and mp3 for that matter.

    The 256 limitation on RAM may be an issue, but I can help you tweak XP to make it run on bare bones, I had a 400Mhz PC running XP and only using 64MB on idle of memory.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zerach
    ...........................

    As for your HD problem what size is it? It sounds like what used to happen with older OS's and large HD's. If your using Windows NT or 2000 they only were able to use a 10GB NTFS partition, if you used a 20GB it would be fine, until you got disk space used over 20GB and replaced already existing system files. What happens is the system files get re-written and the tail of the free disk space and the system files could no longer be read by the OS at boot up.

    It might not exactly be your problem but the install of mediaplayer and no boot is what makes me think it was. Typically we got this issue after a service pack install on someone using more than 10GB of free drive space.

    I think someone mentioned it earlier, use XP and you shouldn't have these issues.

    About your RAM if you're looking at doing video, get a decoder board. I think you already have which will help in vids and mp3 for that matter.

    The 256 limitation on RAM may be an issue, but I can help you tweak XP to make it run on bare bones, I had a 400Mhz PC running XP and only using 64MB on idle of memory.

    Cheers
    Thanks for the diagnosis but how would I be able to fix it?. Also i'm using a 20GB hard drive. I have a desktop that has the same processing speed and Ram (and hard drive size) i'm running xp on it with no problems.

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    *Laptop $107
    *Hauppauge WinTv-USB FM $36.02
    *USB Drive Enclosure $24.95
    *USB 2.0 PCMCIA Card $19.85
    *Crossover Cable $25.97
    *Earthmate GPS LT-20 $97.60
    *2.5 adapter 16.24
    Total - $327.63
    Current Budget - $322.37
    Aug 25. Deadline

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    Well without a cd or floppy to boot from, you are going to be farked! You can get a external cdrom from ebay

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...Name=WDVW&rd=1

    for 32 bucks shipped, after you get the drive you would go into the bios and have the laptop boot from the cd, from there just install windows XP. XP will reformat the drive and then fix the MBR. The 32 dollars is way cheaper than paying 80 for a shop to basicly do the same thing, and you wont have a cd drive for future use.

    You can also take the hard drive out of the laptop and get a adaptor

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...ory=41994&rd=1

    make that the primary drive on your desktop, and then install xp and put it back into your laptop after its done. I know that this solution is super ghetto, but I have had to do it before. Windows may freakout when it boots up and detects all the new stuff from your laptop like the motherboard and stuff like that but most of the time windows will just install the drivers needed and go on its way.

    The 3rd option is put the drive in your desktop as the main drive, boot from the floppy or cd and at the comand prompt type

    fdisk /mbr
    and type y (yes) for any confirmations.

    as posted earlier by affie

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    what model is the laptop ? i work for compaq(now HP)

    most of these laptops will use a floppy via a cable to the parallel port. should be able to get one cheap on ebay or borroy one from a friend or workmate...
    how many memory slots do you have and how many free?? i have 2 64 meg pc100 memory sticks i cant use......
    Volvo V40 Phase 2 2002. T4 turbo upgrade.... currently no mp3 or carputer..... researching options

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    Quote Originally Posted by spud42
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    what model is the laptop ? i work for compaq(now HP)

    most of these laptops will use a floppy via a cable to the parallel port. should be able to get one cheap on ebay or borroy one from a friend or workmate...
    how many memory slots do you have and how many free?? i have 2 64 meg pc100 memory sticks i cant use......
    Compaq Pressario 800. I will try what chepnut said. Dam I SHOULD HAVE INSTALLED XP WHEN I HAD THE CHANCE, BUT I WAS TO LAZY
    *Laptop $107
    *Hauppauge WinTv-USB FM $36.02
    *USB Drive Enclosure $24.95
    *USB 2.0 PCMCIA Card $19.85
    *Crossover Cable $25.97
    *Earthmate GPS LT-20 $97.60
    *2.5 adapter 16.24
    Total - $327.63
    Current Budget - $322.37
    Aug 25. Deadline

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    how do you plan on boot up the machine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chepnut
    Well without a cd or floppy to boot from, you are going to be farked! You can get a external cdrom from ebay

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...Name=WDVW&rd=1

    for 32 bucks shipped, after you get the drive you would go into the bios and have the laptop boot from the cd, from there just install windows XP. XP will reformat the drive and then fix the MBR. The 32 dollars is way cheaper than paying 80 for a shop to basicly do the same thing, and you wont have a cd drive for future use.

    You can also take the hard drive out of the laptop and get a adaptor

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...ory=41994&rd=1

    make that the primary drive on your desktop, and then install xp and put it back into your laptop after its done. I know that this solution is super ghetto, but I have had to do it before. Windows may freakout when it boots up and detects all the new stuff from your laptop like the motherboard and stuff like that but most of the time windows will just install the drivers needed and go on its way.

    The 3rd option is put the drive in your desktop as the main drive, boot from the floppy or cd and at the comand prompt type

    fdisk /mbr
    and type y (yes) for any confirmations.

    as posted earlier by affie
    Well I got a adapter for the harddrive i'm going to try to take the hard drive out and use my 5.25 eclosure to connect the computer to my desktop Laptop. This is going to be a very time comsuming project so i will start it this weekend. I just noticed that i have everything I need except a way to connect it to my car and a Touch Screen.
    *Laptop $107
    *Hauppauge WinTv-USB FM $36.02
    *USB Drive Enclosure $24.95
    *USB 2.0 PCMCIA Card $19.85
    *Crossover Cable $25.97
    *Earthmate GPS LT-20 $97.60
    *2.5 adapter 16.24
    Total - $327.63
    Current Budget - $322.37
    Aug 25. Deadline

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