I purchased 2 Dell Mini 9's on eBay for £70.
They were being sold as 'Faulty' cause of a lack of OS, I figured this to be the easiest problem to solve but apparently these little buggers are more hassle than anyone care to mention.
So I used WintoFlash and put Windows XP onto a 4gb USB stick, plugged it into the computer booted it into windows setup only to receive an error that many people are getting which is:
7327 MB Disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on atapi
Setup cannot access disk
Now most people appear to complain of the lack of disk space being shown on the actual drive in the bios, with my two little netbooks they both state that they have "7683MB".
I've read around on countless forums in the last few hours and led to one conclusion, I need to use a program called 'Parted Magic' to erase the disk so it can be written to again. This is apparently quite a risky procedure and I risk bugging up the drive, seeing as they appear buggered anyway what have I got to lose? No really, what else is potentially dangerous?
I'm going to try it on one of the netbooks, I'll post my results afterwards.
So to sum it up:
What risks are there when using 'Parted Magic'?
Is the drive considered to be buggered despite the space being shown in the bios?
How do I unscrew screws that have had the thread 100% completely ripped off, the guy that sold me them must have messed them up completely.
Neither Disk in either laptop will install windows