This is the computer that I have.
I was going to reformat the PC for cleanup (just like any other), but found out there's no CD-ROM, so I connect the drive to another PC to do the installation.
Upon finish, I reconnect the drive to the Compaq PC and it won't boot, safe mode stops at mup.sys. Probably too many hardware change since I installed XP on another PC and couldn't register. Okay.
I try pulling the CD-ROM to the Compaq PC, but stupid Compaq PC has such unique connector that it won't connect to a normal CD-ROM (their IDE interface is a lot skinnier)
Their security screw do not allow me to access the mainboard, which means I cannot connect another IDE cable (to chnage the small connector to a normal one).
There is no floppy drive.
The PC is too old to do USB Stick/CD-ROM/USB Floppy Boot.
This only leaves me with one solution to get it working, to boot from Network. It is PXE compatible but I just don't know how to boot it.
I can get the "WinXP Image" to the drive (the i386), but I just need to BOOT the PC so that it can "run the setup".
Any help would be greatly appreciated!