Help Reformatting a Netbook

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  1. Amnak macrumors 6502

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    So heres the lowdown my family received a free netbook hp mini 110 when we got Verizon fios. It was my brothers for about 4 months before guess what... we got a virus who would have thought :rolleyes: but heres the problem theres no disk drive and it didn't come with either a restore disk or restore thumb drive so i don't know how to do this without purchasing an upgrade. Im just trying to sell this thing for him so we can use the money towards a mac the rest of us have one he needs one to.
     
  2. cherry su macrumors 65816

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    There should be a second partition on the hard drive, which contains the restore partition. You should be able to boot off of that partition and reinstall Windows.
     
  3. Amnak thread starter macrumors 6502

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    hmm didn't know that i'll look for it and report back
     
  4. KeriJane macrumors 6502a

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    Hello.

    I suggest going to HP's website and try to find the users manual.

    Usually when you turn it on there will be an opportunity to press a key to restore the factory configuration. This will also reformat the machine.

    The screen may say something like "press F2 for configuration utility" for a moment, or it might not read anything at all. The manual should say.

    Good luck,
    Keri
     
  5. Amnak thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thanks will do im surching for te charger right now can't find it.:eek:
     
  6. Amnak thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i honestly cant find a seprate partition to boot into
     
  7. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    go to the HP web sight and it will tell you how. It is a hidden partition normally and the only way you will get find it is to do something before a restart.
     
  8. Amnak, Nov 13, 2010
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    Amnak thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i just found something on the hp website from another person on there forms and when i right click my computer disk management i only have one partition were it says i should have 2

    not sure if this is it but im trying it now http://myhpmini.com/forum/guide-how-to-factory-restore-windows-xp-home-on-mini-t42.html
     
  9. Amnak thread starter macrumors 6502

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    never mind it didnt work it did like an upgrade from windows xp to windows xp and i still get this pop up about avria premium 9.0
     
  10. Ttownbeast macrumors 65816

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    You could always download a free OS like Ubuntu to a flash drive and boot from the USB to install they make a pretty decent net book specific OS that has all the hardware compatibilities built in with Firefox web browser and you can find a decent fully functional IM called Gyachi for it that will do everything Yahoo can do ads well as sign on to other messenger services and IRC. I use Ubuntu on my old Dell Laptop it has never given me issues and connects to the wireless network without a hassle.
     
  11. cherry su macrumors 65816

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    He might bet more money from a netbook with XP just because people are silly and prefer windows. :/ Personally I'd take one with no OS installed so I can install ArchLinux :D
     
  12. zap2 macrumors 604

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    I'm putting a vote behind Ubuntu...unless you need something from Windows, Ubuntu is quite a bit more modern then XP.
     
  13. Ttownbeast macrumors 65816

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    I have found that if you need something windows specific (exe) on Ubuntu installing Wine does the trick nicely. Especially when it comes to games.

    I have tested a few windows exe files using it. It doesn't work great with iTunes or Yahoo messenger, but it runs Second Life, and a few PC based games pretty good as long as you have a good GPU and enough RAM
     

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