I have a compaq presario CQ43 laptop whoes HDD just crashed giving the blue screen error (system couldn't read drive at all). I replaced its original HDD (a 320GB Seagate SATA HDD) with a 250GB Hitachi SATA HDD. But when I tried to install WINXP OS, it still gives me the blue screen of death. I connected the 250GB HDD in my external (the HDD was read perfectly) and did a check disk on another laptop. I connected it back to the compaq laptop and tried to install but it still gave the same error.
I haven't tried replacing the RAM because I don't have any but I don't believe that could be a problem.
On the original HDD, it says "replace with HP spare". Does this mean that no other HDD brand can be used except the specified (ie: Seagate or HP)?
Thank you for any help.