Post by pjp
I have an Averatec 6100 laptop with 4 Gb ram, an 80 Gb hard disk with
50Gb free space using a Pentium 4 running at 3Gz used very
occassionally. It came with and is currently running XP updated as best
it can be. I have the original dvds came with system and have used them
once years ago so unless they've gone "bad" I can recover from almost
To make it more usefull I figured I'd upgrade it to running Windows 7.
I can't seem to do it. System refuses to boot to a USB stick. I've tried
a few now using a Win7 iso and creating the USB stick with Rufus and
system doesn't even seem to try although BIOS screen flashes by does
inform you it found the device. I tried this method after problems as
follows in next paragraph.
It does boot using a CD/DVD (known from doing factory disk restore years
ago). Problem is of 3 different Win7 disks I've now tried on every
occassion system displays a black screen for inordinate time and then
reboots reverting back to the installed XP.
There is never any hint of what's going wrong.
Any ideas to try.
Note - Averatec is now out of business so BIOS updating etc. is not
feasible given 100% of the sites are those "auto driver update" style
sites and I NEVER use them EVER.
trigem.com bankrupt 2012 (USA business branch).
Parent company is trigem.co.kr .
archive.org shows trigem.com web site was "flash monkey crap",
so there's not much chance of scraping drivers off it. There
is no ability to navigate.
Your video card is ATI 9600, and chances are, if you loaded Win7, you'd
be running in VESA driver mode. That means no Aero.
Maybe Linux is a better option ? You might get a working
browser that way.
To load the Win7 ISO onto a USB stick, you can use this.
"Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool
(extracts from ISO9660 file and copies files to USB stick)"
The first link is the README, the second link the download.
Note that, the tool extracts a copy of bootsect.exe from the
ISO itself. This is only a problem if you install USB-DVD-Tool
on a 32-bit machine and process a 64-bit ISO. If you use a 32-bit
machine to process a 32-bit ISO, you will not have a problem.
On my 32-bit technician machine, I keep a 32-bit bootsect.exe
in the same folder as the executable, and the program is
smart enough to execute that, in lieu of extracting a copy right
from the ISO file being processed. The bootsect.exe is used
to make the USB flash bootable.
The tool works with Vista/Win7/Win8.1/Win10. It would work
at least well enough for a legacy BIOS or maybe a UEFI with CSM.
I don't know if it processes the content well enough for
pure UEFI mode.
I usually offer it an 8GB flash stick, for cases where
Win10 goes over the 4GB mark.
On my 32-bit machine, I can process 32-bit or 64-bit OS ISO files
for usage on the USB stick, and that's because I have my
32-bit bootsect.exe in the folder, to make the stick bootable.
If your technician machine is 64-bit, there is never a problem.
If your technician machine is 32-bit, you won't have a problem
processing a 32-bit OS ISO. It's only 32-bit TM processing
64-bit ISO, which is a problem, and needs the bootsect fix.