I have a Compaq Presarion 2596US laptop. Few days back its HDD crashed. I tried to read the HDD using a USB and desktop but it does not spin and no life. It looks like dead.
I then used an external USB drive attached to laptop and using the XP CD to insatll XP on the USB drive. It starts the process and after formating the USB drive and copying the install files etc., it stops and give the blue screen with a message of:
" A problem has been detected and window has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer"
It also displays a hex number of 0X0000070.
I even tried to use a destop HDD which already had WINMe but it also stops at the message saying Installing ASPI driver and hang up.
1. Can I use an external USB drive to install and run XP on this laptop?
2. What is the meaning of the blue screen message? Is it just HDD problem or more?