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I have a 486SX processor with a CPU Pentium-MMX. I have a new hard drive (1TB). I loaded Windows XP and found it will not start up. When restarting the system, it will finish going through the beginning (I uploaded a pitcher). If I boot from the CD, the screen goes black. If I go through the C:\ prompt, nothing will happen just a black screen. I'm thinking it might be the video card. I'm thinking about replacing it with a better one. I hope this makes sense.
 

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You didn't provide a description of your computer, but based on its processor(Intel Pentium 200 MHz) and memory(EDO), it appears to be a 1996 - 1997 model which came with Windows 95.

If I recall correctly, its BIOS won't support a hard drive with a capacity larger than 37 GB.

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Hi Flavallee. This computer is a no-name system. I don't have any more info on it then what I listed. Sorry. I was thinking about what you said. I need to try and update the BIOS. Do you know a good site to go to?
 

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Updating the Bios won't help, that PC is simply too old.

How did you connect the 1TB drive ? How did you 'load' XP ?
 

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What happens if you do NOT 'Press any key to boot from CD' ?
Is the 1TB hard drive the only hard drive ?
 

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It will just sit there. I'm going to put a 360GB drive in and put 95 back on it. The whole purpose for this computer is to run all my old DOS games.
 

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put 95 back on it
Be aware that if you're online, that OS will be at risk from virus, and other malware threats.
I think Win 98 will work for you too, with only a mere slighter risk.
Perhaps a dedicated PC will serve your purpose.

So do your DOS, but disconnect from the Web while enjoying your game :)
 
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