I have a problem with a Targa laptop that I bought 2 years ago. Basically I can only use the hard drive that came with it. When I take out the hard drive that came with it, insert a new one and do a clean install of Windows XP on it the laptop shuts down in the middle of it. I've tried two different (brand new) drives on it, one a Toshiba, the other a Western Digital and neither works. I even tried two different XP discs so it's not a problem with the discs or the hard drives. Has anyone had a similar problem to this with a Targa laptop?
In order for you to install the drivers you need XP to be up and running. If the machine does an instant shut down without warning then it could be overheating, are your fans running when you are installing XP. Also do a memory test as bad memory can also cause instant shut downs. Dont use a windows memory checker they dont work, click here use either the floppy or cd and configure your BIOS to boot from whichever you choose floppy/CD.
I found the drive model and d'loaded an executable from that site. I'm not sure how I install this on a brand new drive that has no OS? Do I burn it to cd. install the drive and then boot from the DVD-drive? I don't see how this is going to solve my problem in any case, as this software is for a Samsung drive and the new one I want to install is a Western Digital.
I managed to install Windows XP on the new drive. When I previously tried to install it, the laptop powered off during the part of the installation that formats the drive. However, this time I chose "quick format" instead of the long format. This time the installation completed without any problems. It seems the "long" format of the drive was what causes it to turn off. I don't know why. I would ideally prefer to do the long format but seeing as the drive is brand new there is nothing on it anyway so it shouldn't really matter. So if anyone has this problem and does a search of this forum to find the answer, the solution which worked for me was to do a quick format when installing Windows, not the long one.