Solved: Boot from USB issue on HP Pavilion

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Toribor

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I have a laptop I picked up as a spare from a friend. It turns out everything is okay but her hard drive and since I'm too cheap to buy a hard drive I'm trying to use a spare 200gb 3.5" IDE drive I have through USB. When I begin booting into Windows however, it bluescreens and requires a restart. It gives me a stop message (0x0000007B) which I found out means it is have trouble booting from the drive.

The laptop is an HP Pavilion zv6000 and the hard drive is a Western Digital (If that makes a difference)

What do I need to do to boot windows from this device? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 
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First of all, XP will only boot on the chipset it was installed to, so you can't take an XP installation and move it elsewhere. It's possible that this can be fixed by running a repair installation over the top of the current one on the machine that will use it.
 

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I installed XP to the IDE drive connected through USB on the HP Pavilion I am trying to get it to boot to. It was a formatted drive and the windows installer picked everything up and installed okay. I even see the windows logo for a few seconds before it scraps it and blue screens on me. It seems to just not want to load windows from the external drive due to some issue communicating with the hardware. Is there a way to fix this setting, upload drivers or should I try flashing the BIOS maybe?
 

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Actually, you can scrap this post as I have recently found out that the computer has more issues than I had initially thought. Looks like the board may be bad, but in any case it isn't in a shape for me to worry about booting windows XP from a USB external. The problems aren't related in any way, so the thermal issues don't seem to have anything to do with the problem I was having but it's safe to say I'm not worried about my previous problem. Thank you for the advice in any case.
 
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