I'm trying to fix my firend's laptop:
Compaq Presario 1200 - XL111
6 GB hard drive
AMD 498mhz processor
Unknown sound card (perhaps VIA WMD?)
Anyway, it crashed on her and since then she's had a few people look at it, but they can't get the machine to work. There are many problems, here's the biggest:
Windows won't recognize her Trident Cyber i7 display adapter. I'm not too up on laptop technology, so I'm not even sure if this is a video card or just software to drive on board graphics. Either way, Windows will only recognise a standard PCI vga, giving me 640 x 480, 16 color and no options. I've tried removing the adapter, windows recogizes it again as the VGA on reboot. I've updated the Phoenix BIOS, still no luck.
So I installed XP, to see if it would run and as it has a lot of drivers already, I thought it would fix things. It did, everything works but her comp is way too slow and has too little ram to run XP.But XP recognizing all devices at least told me everything on her computer works fine, and it's a software issue.
So, barring buying more RAM to run XP or re-installing ME (she can't find the disks), any suggestions?
I'm guessing the ME installation is majorly screwed up so a full reinstall is necessary, but you never know...