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AMLOVINTHESUN
Posted: November 2nd, 2008, 1:35am Report to Moderator
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I just purchased a G Notebook that is running on the G OS.  I have read that this notebook runs more efficient with XP on it.  I purchased XP and tried to replace the OS.  It does not automatically start anything on the disk.  Please, someone help me and tell me how to do this.  Once I do the switch will I have a problem getting back online?  Will I have to get drivers for everything on this thing- like the wireless card?  I have some items that are not compatible with this system, but are with XP.  I prefer XP an I prefer faster.  Can anyone help?

I need this notebook for my upcoming trip.  I need internet and wireless at that.  No disks came with this thing to fix it if i mess it up either.

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Heather
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Posted: November 3rd, 2008, 5:40pm Report to Moderator
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   What is automatically run on a CD when you insert it is the file specified in the autorun.inf file.  On most CDs the file specified is autorun.exe, but I think with the WinXP CD the file is setup.exe.
   So if the CD does not run automatically, you can find the CD drive in Windows Explorer and double click on the autorun.inf and see what file it lists.  Then find that file and run it.

   Windows XP should find all of the components of your computer and install them.  It should not need any drivers unless the component did not exist when that version of Windows XP was written.  In this case, you may have to install the component with the installation CD that came with it (if you do not have a CD, maybe the company that made the component will have an installation file on their website).  But I doubt you will have a problem.
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AMLOVINTHESUN
Posted: November 6th, 2008, 3:33am Report to Moderator
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I tried that stuff.  It wouldnt recognize anything from the xp cd.  I am pretty sure I have to format the HD and install from there, but dont know how.
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Snakeyes
Posted: November 6th, 2008, 9:13pm Report to Moderator
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You might have to change bios settings or even the Bios version.
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Posted: November 7th, 2008, 11:17am Report to Moderator
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Firstly you shouldn't consider anything like doing this until you have created a set of recovery discs using software already installed on this device.

PCs of any type that do not come with any discs always have software installed to allow creation of these recovery discs.

Check your Manual for information about performing this step.

Check the manufacturers website for information on this.

Also check the programs installed for a program that will do this.

After you have done this THEN and ONLY then can you consider replacing the OS with XP.

FAILING TO DO THIS WILL RENDER IT IMPOSSIBLE TO RESTORE IT BACK TO ORIGINAL STATE.

You will need to get into the BIOS and set the device to BOOT first from CD.

Then you can perform an XP install.

Check the Manufacturers website and see if they list any XP drivers for the device.

Failing that look for specifications on the manufacturers website and see if the various devices are listed, eg, chip set, video, sound, wireless etc.
Google these chipsets for XP drivers.

If none are available then none are and you will have a next-to-useless G Notebook without them.


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