Need help with Armada 7770dmt..Please read inside..TIA

Discussion in 'Compaq' started by Kilroy, Jun 16, 2006.

  1. Kilroy

    Kilroy Guest

    I screwed up bigtime..I have a 7770dmt and I am familier with desktops
    but laptops are new to me..
    I booted and formatted an old 7770DMT laptop hard drive with a win98
    startup disk in the floppy drive .And wasn't thinking.When it went to
    "Do you want cd rom support" I clicked yes.Usually on a desktop you
    pop in the cd and type D:/setup.exe and windows will load..Only thing
    is.. I found out on this laptop you have to swap the floppy drive for
    the cd drive.And when you do that it won't recognize the cd drive
    because some of the files are still on the boot floppy needed to load
    windows..I forgot to go into Bios and tell it to boot from "A' drive
    and then "D" drive before I formatted it..Anyone know where I can get
    a restore cd for this model..I looked on e-bay but no luck..
    I have even tried to make a "Boot Cd" but no luck..The disk I made for
    the drivers have the drivers for the cd drive on it...
    Any ideas on how to fix this???
    Any help will be appreciated.
    Kilroy, Jun 16, 2006
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  2. Kilroy

    jerome Guest

    You just have to setup the BIOS to start from the CD.You need for that a
    setup diskette which can be easily found as an image on the hp/compaq
    site. After thet you can boot from the W98SE install CD, and go on!

    Kilroy a écrit:
    jerome, Jun 18, 2006
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  3. Kilroy

    Kilroy Guest

    I have pushed every button on startup and I can't access BIOS...
    Any ideas???????????????????????????
    Hp site is usless because of the age of the laptop....
    I tried their boot disk its worthless...I am about ready to turn this
    sucker into a fishing weight..
    Kilroy, Jun 22, 2006
  4. If you completely removed each partition from the hard drive, there is no
    diagnostic partition containing the BIOS setup routine. You need to
    download a BIOS setup file which can be run from a floppy disk. Install a
    rudimentary operating system on the hard drive with CD ROM drivers copied to
    the hard drive. You will need a Config.SYS and Autoexec.Bat to load the CD
    drivers. You boot from the hard drive and run Setup from the CD to install
    Windows. The other option is to get a copy of Windows 98 which is for
    computers a previous qualifying version of Windows. They are bootable.
    Earl F. Parrish, Jun 28, 2006
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