Compaq Ipaq Won't Boot

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Hi,
I Bought a Compaq Ipaq computer because my old compaq went dead.
The ipaq came with restore disks but with no cd-rom drive. The previous owner had wiped out the old operating system before selling it with fdisk.
I am trying to install windows 2000 from the restore disks by copying the disks to an external memory card and making it boot from the usb memory card. but every time after the compaq screen goes on i get keep get a message saying "disk error" the hard drive seems to be fine yet the computer says it need to be replaced.
This is really hard to explain so i made screen shots

this is how it boots
http://www.geocities.com/ynyfrik/ipaq1.html

and this is some test i did with the bios to the hard drive
http://www.geocities.com/ynyfrik/test.html
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Ignore the PXE error, it is for booting the computer from a server over a network. "Non-System Disk or Disk Error" is the normal message you get when trying to boot from a blank hard drive. The BIOS probably doesnt support booting from USB media.
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But it allows me to set boot order which includes UBS Devices, currently I have everything disabled and only usb enabled as first. I can get more screen shots if needed.
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Well, in that case, the files probably were not copied to the USB drive in such a way to make it bootable. Just like creating a bootable floppy or CD, there are certain things that need to be done to make it actually boot.

http://www.weethet.nl/english/hardware_ ... bstick.php
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I still don't understand.
I can't create a ms-dos startup disk they way it's pictured,that feature is tanned.
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I am loading windows 2000 on my usb memory card so that it would install off of it, I don't want to make it my harddrive.
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Did you look at this page
http://www.geocities.com/ynyfrik/ipaq1.html
what does pxe mean?
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oh wait I didn't read the whole thing,
But now iI have another Problem I don't have a floppy drive.
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Oh actually i have one on my laptop,
Thanks I will ltry that method,
Though why is Pxe failing?
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As I said in the first post, PXE for booting over the network. If you dont have a server for PXE, it will always fail.

http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/P/PXE.html
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oh yea sorry i should pay more attention :oops: ,

anyways i am having problems in the commpand promt
What do i write in the comand prompt

C:\Documents and Settings\Zachary>

I keep getting "is not recognized as an internal or external command,operable progrtam or batch file."

Update I figured it out commands CD and Dir where what i was looking for
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I followed every step and still same error.
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http://www.nu2.nu/mkbt/

Download the application before you try to run it
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i did
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Quote:
Open a DOS Window and go to the directory where you extracted MKBT.
Type mkbt -c a: bootsect.bin as shown below (yellow text).
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No i meant i get the same error from the ipaq
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Right now I ditched Usb and I am thinking of trying to install it through my network but i can't find and info on it.
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The easiest way to solve this problem is to take the hard drive out of that computer, put it in one with a CDROM, install Windows completely, then delete everything out of Device Manager. (As much as you can, delete the mouse and keyboard last.) Put the hard drive back in the iPaq, let everything autodetect, and youre good to go.
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I was thinking about doing that but the restore disks are only for caompaqs and my desktop was built by me. I don't think you can use compaq restore disks on other computers other than a compaqs
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The borrow a CDROM from another computer and stick it in the Compaq

Why would Compaq send restore disks with a computer that doesn't have a CD drive? :?:
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How about taking the CD-ROM drive out of your PC and putting it in the Compaq.
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I wouldn'd know why, but the ipaq needs a special cd rom drive i found one on ebay and i will only have it wensday.I think the reason is that the compaq sent the computers with an operation system and if the owners wanted to add on a cd-rom drive they would have to pay more for it.Also don't forget there was a previous owner before me.
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There is no reason why it would need a "special" cd-rom drive. I have several Compaq's here at work and all of them have an after market CD-ROM drive.

Did you even try to put another CD-ROM in it?
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It uses cd-rom drives similer to the one in armada laptops.
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I recieved the cd-rom drive in the mail and i put it in and i still get the same error,exept now before i get the message "Non-system Disk or Disk error Replace and strike and key when ready" I get a black screen with _ that line on the upper left corner which lasts fro about 3 seconds.
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I called hp and they said that the hard drive may be defective.
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Is there anything i can do to test the hard drive?
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I would suggest downloading a lowlevel format utility and formatting the hard drive and try reloading the OS. Check the hard drive manufacturer website for hard drive utilities. Some have diagnostic programs that will fit on a floppy and you can boot to.
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I just looked at your screenshots that you posted. The BIOS tells you that the hard drive has failed and you should replace it. So why didn't you just replace it instead of going through all this?

Usually when a diagnostic test tells you that the drive is defective and you should replace it, you should just replace it.
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If you really want to test the hard drive just to be sure, download this or this and test to your hearts desire.

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