Hi, A friend of mine in his 70's came to me with his ageing lap-top stating it froze up even on loading. It was running windows 98. The first thing I did to try and help him was running a de-frag and clearing out the gash. This never helped so I then up-graded to Windows ME. There was still no improvement so with 32 Mb of RAM I placed another 32Mb in the drive thus ending up with 74MB. I then decided to format and start over again. This is where the trouble started. I cannot get an operating system onto it. I tried windows ME and XP without success. In fact they just will not load stopping half way through. I thought maybe it was a CD ROM problem, but as I loaded Linux onto the hard drive this worked but had no sound and scene as he is old (not the best for operation), so this ruled out a 'dodgy' Cd ROM. The spec of the laptop is a 333AMD3DCPU and although there is no name on the lap-top, being a generic one it has the letters and numbers FT6720. Any suggestions that I might try to eliminate possible hardware problems or and any suggestions at all?
DrScott+woodchip, Thanks for the input. I have it at the stage where it may go past the load up screen but sometimes it 'freezes'. When it does load seems to work reasonably well. Just a case of keep starting until it goes. Thanks to you both.