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morgster

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#1 13 years ago

I have a big problem. I have 3 armada m300 laptops, running windows 2000pro,they have no floppy or cd-rom drive. 2 of them when started up say "Non system disk or boot error". And the other one works ok but i forgot the password. I heard you can rename the sam file from sam1 to sam or something, but i cant get onto the command promp!!! please help with either issue. Thanks;)




Eagle One

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#2 13 years ago

ok right... now i get this when i but the computer and have left a floppy disc in the floppy drive (A.) do you have 2 or more hdds in each?




Kilobyte

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#3 13 years ago

With the Second issue of not being able to get tot he command prompt. Just boot up from the Win2K install CD, and use the recovery console. Its just a command prompt.

The second issue means that the drives have either been erased, or its trying to boot off something else.




morgster

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#4 13 years ago

Thanks,

But didnt you hear me say it has NO FLOPPY OR CD-ROM DRIVE. We tryed to use a removable/portable floppy drive to use the boot disk but it wont recognise it, because it needs to be running the OS. Any other sugestions, Thanks P.S. Eagle One do you play for the LARD clan? (in mohaa)




Kilobyte

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#5 13 years ago
morgsterWe tryed to use a removable/portable floppy drive to use the boot disk but it wont recognise it, because it needs to be running the OS.

HUH? :confused: That ain't right. External Floppy drives for laptops are capable of booting. Some laptops are even capable of booting off of a USB jump drive. "External Devices" should be set to the first boot device, for it to work though.

Where did you get these laptops, it sounds like they were schedued to be scrapped.

I take it, you didn't install Windows yourself. I recommend getting an external CD-Rom drive, and reinstaling Windows 2000. There is no telling what condition the OS itself is likely in.




morgster

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#6 13 years ago

your pretty much write. how do you install the 0S, just get a cd-rom and put in the disc?




Kilobyte

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#7 13 years ago

Yes, well usually.

Some older laptops don't boot off the CD, so you have to boot off the floppy, to see the CD. However if your laptop can boot off a CD-ROM, then just set the External devices to boot first, or the CD-ROM first. Put the CD in the drive, and reboot the laptop.




morgster

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#8 13 years ago

will it boot of usb cdrom/usb floppy? for boot sequence its looking for "multibay" which is som extension with a floppy what i havent got. i cant remember what the rest of the boot order is, ill try and change it around.




Kilobyte

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#9 13 years ago
morgsterwill it boot of usb cdrom/usb floppy?

If it has USB ports, then it should. I believe it would also be called External Devices. However USB Devices has also been used.




morgster

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#10 13 years ago

i remember now, the bios has been edited/fixed so i cant change boot sequence, we have plugged in a external usb floppy with boot disk and it wont recognice it, i think it needs a multibay thing! i might bye one.