I have just purchased a new compaq c730em laptop which came with vista home premium as the O/S. I have formatted the drive using windows98, now will not install 98 stating not enough memory, will not install from xp boot disk as cannot find hard drive on setup. Cant find hard drive in bios either. I decided to load a different o/s because vista is crap! Can anybody help? Cheers
You have discovered the beauty of laptops...They have non-standard installation requirements, special drivers etc. If you wanted XP, you should have stated this at the time of purchase. Most laptops are supplied with either a restore partiton, or a custom restore DVD.
If you have these, you may be able to revert back to Vista, providing your hdd isn't to badly overwritten.
If you really want XP on it, your only real option is to take it back to the supplier and explain your plight!
It's just not as straighforward as a pc. Depending on the lappy (compaq very unuser serviceable) they also have certain things built into the BIOS. Being a new machine, I would take it back, tell the truth, and hope they will make the change for you.
I know I have done this for clients, but I supply Acer kit, and stopped compaq years ago.
they want to charge me about a quarter of what it cost and i can't afford it, pc world just loves to sting you whenever it can, besides, if they can fix it why can't i find out how myself? i'm sure there must be someone other than the techs there that know what to do! Surely!!!
As simple as that I'm afraid....Yes they do have special disk's provided by Compaq to do the job....They are being a bit OTT trying to charge you that much for an hour or so's work. Find another Compaq dealer in your area (small is good)