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Boot problem toshiba portege344oct...its an old model & i acquired it 2nd hand.... originally, its os was win98 but its already winxp when i got it....hd drive is already bigger than what was its original and with additional RAM already...from 64mb to 128mb.... many upgrades have already been done to it i think.... now, it won't boot....i think its b-coz the cd rom drive is external via USB port.....i already tried CMOS & changed the boot sequence to cd rom but the same happens...it stops.... a


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Did it boot at any time you had it?
\015\012How far does it boot from the hard drive now?
\015\012Are there any messages?
\015\012Are you trying to boot from the usb cd rom with an xp disk?
\015\012If you can do that, personally I would just reinstall windows.
\015\012Hard Disk removal is not a difficult process on a laptop. You can connect it to a pc with one of those external boxes for 2.5"drives, cheaply available. XP will not boot if you put an installed copy on another computer (unless it is exactly the same).
\015\012Worst case (a process I once had to do with a tablet pc) is to make a small bootable partition on that hard drive, put the xp install files on that partition, then put it back in the laptop and install windows from the small partition onto the rest. There are more detailed instructions how to do this, if you go that route.
\015\012If you take parts out of your laptop, make sure you don't give it a static shock by touching something grounded.
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