So I just recently, for a friend, was trying to fix an old computer of his (2003ish) running Windows XP (Professional I think?).
But the hard drive on the machine was defiantly on its way out. And since he didn’t have the XP Disk I tried installing OpenSuSE 11.4 32-bit i586
on that HD 1st but could never get all the way through the install. So I took another hard drive from an old laptop I had and replaced it with the
one that was in his laptop already.
Laptop Specs: (from manual pdf at hp.com)
**Model: **hp Pavilion ze4400
**Processor: **AMD Athlon (1.47-, 1.53-, 1.67-, 1.8-, 2.2-, and 2.0-GHz)
**Memory: **Up to 1 GB (1024 MB) SDRAM using 512-MB modules.
**Display: **15.0-inch XGA (1024 × 768) or 14.1-inch XGA (1024 × 768) active-matrix TFT
**Video: **ATI Mobility Radeon graphics accelerator with 16, 32, or 64 MB UMA graphics memory,
4x AGP graphics capability
**OS: **Windows XP Professional or Home preinstalled
The installation went fine. No problems that I could see.
Finally after the installation finished the login screen came up, I logged in and then the only thing on the screen for the next hour was
the “desktop wallpaper” and a mouse pointer with the hour glass thing, no icons no taskbar, nothing. I though it would just take a while
because it was a much older laptop but after about an hour or so nothing came up. I was able to Ctrl-Alt-F1 to a CLI runlevel but could not
get to the desktop.
Anyone know what I could do to make this work?
Thanks in advance,