upgrading compaq 50o0 from windows me to windows xp.

Discussion in 'Compaq' started by bob brozewicz, Dec 17, 2004.

  1. hi all,

    yet another question. i want to put windows xp on a compaq 5000 that has
    a amd athlon 1.1 ghz processor and the via kt133a apollo chip set.

    can this be done easily. do i have to reinstall the apollo kt133 apollo
    chipset driver afters i install xp professional.

    any tips (besides buying a new machine) for upgrading would be appreciated.

    im also adding memory and a new ati video card at the same time.
    bob brozewicz, Dec 17, 2004
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  2. bob brozewicz

    Ben Myers Guest

    Before doing an upgrade, I would identify all chipsets in the computer and
    download the necessary drivers from the chipset manufacturers' web sites,
    including Via for the KT133A. Lack of available drivers is most frequent reason
    for a failed upgrade to ANY Windows release.

    The Windows ME drivers for the KT133A will not work. There may or may not be
    KT133A drivers on XP. Micro$oft also has a free download of software to check
    your computer for readiness to install XP. Try it. But, like other Microsoft
    products, the information it yields may not be perfect... Ben Myers
    Ben Myers, Dec 17, 2004
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  3. Hallo,

    I have a Compaq Presario notebook 1230. OS W 95.
    I want to put it into my network.using a silicom USB ethernet adapter.
    I also use a laserprinter XEROX 4510 connected to this laptop.

    The silicom USB ethernet adapter only runs om W 98 (SE?)
    If I try to instal a W98 OS the running system does not accept any other OS.
    Even formatting is denied.

    I only want to be able to conect to my network, use my my printer and go to
    Has anybody a solution?


    @ home news 2, Dec 25, 2004
  4. bob brozewicz

    Ben Myers Guest

    First of all, you would probably be a lot better off with a PCMCIA network
    adapter than a USB one.

    Second, to install WIndows 98 (Do you have First or Second Edition?), you need
    the Windows 98 CD and a valid Certificate of Authentication.

    Third, if the computer does not boot from the CD, you need a Windows 98 boot
    disk, which can be obtained from www.bootdisk.com .

    Next, using the boot disk, delete all partitions from the hard drive, then
    create a single primary partition. Use the FDISK program.

    Next, reboot, and Format the partition with system files. Use the command
    FORMAT C: /S

    Next, make sure the system boots from the hard drive, ending with the C: command
    prompt displayed. If so, install Windows 98.

    After installing Windows 98, you may still need to install drivers for the
    motherboard chipset and video card.

    Finally, install the network adapter of your choice and connect the computer to
    your network, and install the Windows 98 drivers for the Xerox printer.

    .... Ben Myers
    Ben Myers, Dec 25, 2004
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