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Kyle
2009-03-13, 05:02
The old laptop that I use for SqueezeCenter is my old primary computer. Now it's used only for SC, websurfing and email. It has gotten really clunky and slow, however, so I was thinking of wiping it clean and reinstalling Windows XP from a disc. I thought I could just insert the disc and it would take over, reformatting the HDD and installing the OP. However, it looked like it was going to install a second OP, so I guess I have to reformat the disc manually and then insert the OP disc. Will this work?

spumanti
2009-03-13, 06:55
Hi Kyle.

First, you need to be aware that when you format your harddrive, you loose EVERYTHING stored on that drive. Make sure you have backups of all the important things on the PC before you format the HDD.


Then you simply instert the CD in the PC, and restart the PC. It should then boot up on the CD, and then you will be given the option of reformatting your harddrive or install in a different location.

Hope it helps.

//Dave

Kyle
2009-03-14, 18:29
I never could get it to work. I can't reformat the C-drive manually (it won't allow me to), and when I go to the install setup screen, it asks me to choose a partition and then says there's already an operating system on that partition and doesn't give me the option to reformat the HDD. Anyway, I'm giving up on this, but now when I restart, I go to a DOS-like screen that asks me to choose which operating system to boot up -- Windows XP Professional or Windows Setup. How can I get rid of this screen? The setup is the default, so you have to choose the XP Pro option each time.

MeSue
2009-03-14, 19:09
System Properties, advanced tab, startup and recovery settings will let you remove that bootup prompt.

If you want to try again, I think there is an option to do a clean install on the same partition where Windows is already installed. It will rename your old Windows folder to Windows.old and then you can just delete after the clean install.

Kyle
2009-03-14, 19:42
I got to a screen that allowed me to choose to delete the current windows installation. I hope that is right.

Kyle
2009-03-14, 21:40
My install went fine, but now when I move my windows around the screen, the motion is very choppy. Is there a setting for this?

Maybe this is a driver problem, as I did not use the disks that came with laptop but a Windows program disk.

Mnyb
2009-03-14, 22:50
My install went fine, but now when I move my windows around the screen, the motion is very choppy. Is there a setting for this?

Ok the disc you used is it a pure XP disc from Microsoft or is from the laptop manufacturer ?
check your hardware settings if you have a lot of these yellow "?".
Laptop's are a bit special, it's no guarantee that win-xp has the best drivers for it's hardware the "graphic card" is often an on board chip of some kind, same with the sound.
If this is the problem you probably have to search on the internet and download drivers for most of the things in it.
I reinstalled an Ibm p40t at work the other day, that lead to a hunt for a lot of drivers on ibm's/lenovo's homepage. For example i had no drivers for the network card ,sound and barely working ones for the graphic.
Did it came a bunch of discs with the laptop ? maybe you have everything you need.

JJZolx
2009-03-14, 22:53
My install went fine, but now when I move my windows around the screen, the motion is very choppy. Is there a setting for this?

Maybe this is a driver problem, as I did not use the disks that came with laptop but a Windows program disk.

The installation probably didn't detect your video chipset and so it installed a generic video driver. These tend to be slow. If you want to improve the video you'll have to install the right drivers, most likely found on the laptop manufacturer's web site. If the machine is used as a dedicated SqueezeCenter server, though, it's not terribly important to have efficient video drivers.

Kyle
2009-03-15, 08:22
Thanks for your replies. I found the right driver, and refresh rate is much better.