I tried to add memory to my old Compaq Presario 1700 and during the process the OS WinXP got trashed. Specifically; on boot-up I get a "...PCI.sys is missing or corrupt..."
Tried to reload WinXP from CD, but it "hangs" after "Press 2 for ASR" and "Press 6 to load SCSI or RAID driver".
Tried the old Compaq "restore" disk, but it also "hangs" after loading Win98, EMM386, showing some "start-up" messages and warnings "this will erase all of the HD...". It hangs after the "if you are really sure ...press 1 and Enter".
Ideas? I don't mind a total reload since I haven't used it in years anyway.
It was working OK before I swapped out the 2 64MB memory boards for 2 512MB. This didn't work (now I check a little further and see it only supports 512 max ...).
Put the 2 64s back ... still worked. Tried 1 64 ... still worked. Tried 512 in 1 slot...no joy. Tried the other slot...no joy. Now won't work on the 64s.
I'm sure I did something silly like maybe swapped memory with power on ... but I tried not to do this. Had the battery out and AC unplugged each time I think.