***Update***- October 23, 2006
Friday at work i happened to find a 40 gig hdd for laptop. so i went home made sure the big beast 6 gig wasnt working, removed it then installed the 40 gig only to boot up and freeze...
after pondering this for a few hours, i read that you need to flash the bios with the newest update in order to get it to work. so off i went found the bios and flashed. only to still freeze at system boot.
so i opened up the bios and tried to locate the drive... and it still wouldnt find it. so finally i got mad and popped in the 6 gig only to find it was now working. it booted up fine. it was running 95 i believe, so i pulled out my trusty version of xp sp2 nlite edition and low and behold it could not read from the disc. so i cleaned the disc with a skip doctor and still no avail.
finally i just grabbed a cd-r a burned the mce nlite that i had spared on my desktop installed the operating system and woot woot it worked. only one problem: no sound.
finally i managed to find the audio drivers and looked in the hardware manager and i had 2 devices that were unknown. (still not sure what the oter one is) so i picked one and installed the audio drivers. after a quick reboot i got a bluescreen during the loading profile, i thought oh god all this for nothing. so after it died i restarted and its working great.
not sure what the bluescreen was all about but i guess it worked itself out. could also be cause im using a nt driver with xp .... lol.
anyway, so last night i go to install iguidance 3.0 only to find i need a gps antenna (of course) problem is i dont have one yet. figured id get the BU-353 but dont really have the cash yet. so instead i went on ahead and picked up my ps,nes,snes,mame emulators. guess all thats needed now is road runner install, and a skin.
only thing this project has costed me so far is time and effort. i havent put a dollar towards it YET.