deleted patition now what

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I was trying to format my harddirve on my hp laptop becuae i wanted to get rid of all the thing hp did to winxp(it was causing it to perform very slow), it wouldn't let me format it so i went to use partition magic to make a new partition and then go partition the c drive. it wouldn't let me do that either, so i just deleted the partition. little was i thinking that hp put their own bios in the computer and i have no idea where to go from there. it just says there's no os but doesn't give the option to do anything. how do i install a new version of xp.
 
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Do you have an HP emergency recovery disk? I'm hoping you aren't going to say it was on the hard drive....I know that's where my brother's recovery disk is....

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As I recall when you delete a partition you need to define an active partition. from the A:/ prompt type FDISK > set active partition > re-start > then format the new active partition. You should now be able to re-install XP.
Hope this helps :cool:
 

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i do have the recovery disk, i just got to go find them, i'll give it a shot when i find them. The only problem with using fdisk is that it doesn't give a prompt. I was going to do that exact procedure, but it wouldn't give a prompt. then i tried to go into the bios and boot from the cd drive but hp customized the bios and it's completely different. it doesn't give the option.
 

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Nevrmind all that, gues i wasn't paying attention before, i wasn't looking at the bios before. i turned on my comp right after posting that last message and saw something saying to hit f2 for setup, didn't see it before. installing windows now. Thanks for the advice.

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find those emergency disks....It's been a while, but if I'm not mistaken, XP should prompt you for partition info when it tries to install....

Good luck,

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