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  1. Kerri Ann

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    ok, i bought a used computer from someone the other day that they had given up on. i'm not sure what they thought was wrong with it, but it works fine for me. system beep, bios ok, all that. when i went to delete any partitions on the hdd, it said there were no logical dos partitions to delete, no primary partitions. but then something was using 100% of it. i'm new to all this fdisk stuff, so i'm not sure what this means. is it a different os? before i did any of this, when i first booted the computer, win2k came up asking for the admin password. (i don't have it, of course)
    so how is it that win2k was installed, but no partitions, not even a primary one?
    also, now that i have fdisked and partitioned the drive, i tried to install win2k, and after going through all 4 win2k boot disks, it tells me something about acpi (or aspi maybe), and won't let me install from cd. ?????
     
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    i forgot to finish typing the subject...... oops!
     
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    Could be Linux on it as fdisk doesn't pick it up. If it is a maxtor drive you could write zeroes to the drive which would bring it back to factory spec by using this

    Ok so there is w2k on it . can you set the bios to boot from cdrom ? If so then do so and reboot with either 2000 or xp cd to install.Or waht other system did you want to put on it ?
     
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    ui could put me on it, but it's a celeron 1ghz, and i assumed that it could handle 2k without problems. what do you think?
     
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    ok, acpi is advanced configuration and power interface. so that message must mean that my machine doesn't support that. F7 should disable it....
     
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    It deffinitly could. You may want to try this if you wish to try and use the current system
     
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    Do you have a w2k cdrom ?
     
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    yes, i do, and i already know its bootable...
     
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    oh, i already formatted the hdd
     
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    Just set the bios to boot from cdrom and let her go with the cd in the drive..
     
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    It will format during installation anyway so that ok..
     
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    ok, i'll do that and post back.
    thanks
     
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    No problem, post back if anything arises..
     
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    ok, it's all good. i just had to change the boot sequence, and there was also a setting in the bios for the acpi thing too. so i disabled that, and win2k is installed.
    thanks motherboard!
     
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    You're welcome but now check in device manager for any things that need attention.
     
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