I have bought a 20GB HDD for my Compaq Armada 7400 laptop. I am quite familiar with this model and know that after loading Windows 98SE I have to load the S3 graphics drivers otherwise there is only a half screen display. I have done this and then loaded XP as an upgrade but the machine then takes over 2 minutes to boot into Windows. However, if I load XP directly onto the HDD (after having formatted the drive) it loads but there is no display at all, so of course I am then unable to load the S3 drivers. There must be a workaround to this but I can't find it! Suggestions please.
Thanks for your helpful suggestions, I decided to load Windows 98SE then the S3 drivers then upgrade to XP "one more time". This time it is booting from the black XP splash screen into Windows in 40 seconds, whereas before it was taking 2mins 30 seconds - the only difference is that this time I haven't loaded SP2, perhaps this is really where the problem lies as I have followed the same regime for loading XP onto other 7400s without any problems. Anyway I will see how things develop for a couple of days and if I need them, I have the option to use the drivers which you have kindly made available to me. Thanks again.