I have a Fit-PC Slim (I think) that I bought a while ago but never got round to using. It took me a while to work out how to get it to boot from a USB memory stick as the "boot order" section in the BIOS seems to be ignored (it just boots from drive C: - whatever you have configured that to be in the BIOS - regardless of the boot order you specify). I have tried reinstalling an operating system on its hard drive but with mixed results to say the least. For example:
- If I install the Plop boot manager to the hard drive's MBR, the USB keyboard and mouse connected then stop working once I start booting an operating system, etc. (using the boot USB option)
- I have tried booting from a memory stick installed with WinSetUpFromUSB but that just drops out to the BIOS debugger - which is also exactly what happens when I installed grub4dos to the hard drive's MBR using Puppy Linux 6.0 so I'm guessing GRUB is simply not compatible with this machine.
- I tried to install XP from a partition on the hard drive, but the Rufus Boot DOS USB memory stick I created doesn't include smartdrv.exe, and the XP set-up process immediately complained that it couldn't find a hard drive with enough free space for temporary files when I proceeded without it.
- Using an MSDOS boot USB memory stick (also created with Rufus Boot), the XP set-up process did start despite the absence of smartdrv.exe but then just seemed to hang after the initial "Copying files" stage.
EDIT: I have now been able to install Windows XP (MUCH more slowly) by connecting an IDE DVD-ROM drive (in another PC) via USB using an IDE/SATA-USB adapter (and a long USB extension lead). I still don't understand why it's so difficult to install from a USB memory stick...