Clean re-install just keeps repeating

Compaq deskpro pc / PRESARIO 6000
March 24, 2010 at 16:06:29
Specs: Windows XP
Hiya
I have a Compaq Presario 6000 series
I am trying to do a clean re-install when I first boot my pc up it detects the hd, dvd drive and cd-rom drive
then about 3 mins of the screen been black the disk starts I get the setup is checking your configiguration then the setup is formating then setup is copying files
100% complete this portion of set up was succsessful computer will reboot in 15 seconds
It reboots screen goes black for about 3 mins
then starts with setup is checking your configiguration again
any help would be greatfull thanks
yorkshire27@hotmail.com

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#1
March 24, 2010 at 19:54:35
Sounds like you're booting from the cd each time. Normally you'd get an option something like 'press any key to boot from cd'. If you don't press 'any key' it should boot from the hard drive.

Is this a homemade XP disk? If so that may be the reason.

Anyway, when it reboots (and before it starts booting from the cd) you can go into cmos/bios setup and set the hard drive as the first boot device. Save settings and exit. That should fix it.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#2
April 3, 2010 at 07:23:11
Hi
I changed boot up seqance to hard drive but still goes to the screen where it says checking configiguration press any key I DONT press any key
but still carrys on installing
this is with a genuine windows xp pro cd
also tryed a few other cds

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#3
April 3, 2010 at 09:19:33
When it reboots try taking out the cd before the OS starts loading. That will leave only the hard drive to boot from. See what happens then.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#4
April 3, 2010 at 10:21:02
Hi
Tryed as you said rebboted and it says :
Non-System disk or disk error
replace and strike any key when ready

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#5
April 3, 2010 at 13:31:52
Is the hard drive being detected when it reboots? If so, is it in the boot order in cmos/bios setup? There's no non-booting floppy disk in the floppy drive? Check to make sure the hard drive data cable is tightly connected on both ends and is in good condition.

If the above is all correct try the setup again, but this time delete the existing partition and then recreate it. That'll be an option on one of the 'install windows' menus.

Besides that the only other thing would be the hard drive isn't set active. A hard drive must be set active in order to be bootable. Is there a second hard drive in the computer? Usually only one drive is allowed to be active so if another drive is already set then you can't set another one active without third-party software.

Setting it active should be done automatically when XP sets up the drive. I don't know how to check that using the XP cd. But you can set it active with a 98 floppy bootdisk. You just boot up with it and at the a:\> prompt type FDISK and enter. Y to large disk support and then from the menu it should tell you if it's not set active. You use option 2 to set it active. (You can download a file to make a bootdisk from a place like bootdisk.com.)

Then exit fdisk, remove the floppy disk and restart the computer, booting from the XP cd and do the installation.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#6
April 5, 2010 at 09:19:13
Im struggling to get the floppy disc bootable because my main pc dosent have an A drive
I unplugged me hd drive repluged it in and on the boot up screen it says:
The following configuration options were automatically updated:
Disk : 40.0 GB ST340015A
CD-ROM: Compaq DVD-ROM SD-616T
CD-ROM: SAMSUNG CD-R/RW SW-240B
If you are running Unix you need to configure your sysyem using the computer setup utility (f10)
Compaq Presario 6195Ea
F1: Save Changes
pressed f1 compaq logo appears then black screen curser flashes in top left for a few seconds then black screen for about 2 mins then setup is inspecting your computers hardware configuration few seconds later screen goes black for 10 mins then the disc starts running for windows setup setup loads all the files Welcome to setup i press enter then f8 agreement then i pressed d to delete selected partition enter then L screen comes up saying unpartitoned space 38162 mb press enter then enter on NTFS FILE SYSTEM (NOT THE QUICK 1) setup is formatting 100% setup is copying files 100% complete Please wait your computer will rebbot in 15 seconds It reboots to the curser flashing in the top left corner again then does exactly what i just said all over again starting with the setup is inspecting your computers hardware configutation

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#7
April 5, 2010 at 09:41:27
I just tryed instaslling windows 7 and it says
Windows cannot be installed to this disk, This computer`s hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk`s controller is enabled in the computer`s BIOS menu.
not sure what it means but could this be anything to do with not been able to install xp ?

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#8
April 5, 2010 at 10:21:43
The PC might not meet the minimum hardware requirements for windows 7.

Looks like you've only got one hard drive and deleting and recreating the partition should set it active so that shouldn't be the problem.

Might be a problem with the hard drive.

A bios update may help. Here's the download page for that model:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

The rompaq is the bios update. It shows 2 different bios' there--686Y4 and 686O4. It should show in your cmos/bios setup which one you have. You still may need a bootable floppy disk for that--not sure if you can do it from a bootable cd, but check the instructions.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#9
April 5, 2010 at 10:28:19
Just saw this new thread:

http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...

You might try the FIXMBR method there.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#10
April 5, 2010 at 11:51:13
i did what it says typed fixmbr press enter and it donsent do nothing
im wundering if it is a bad sector because im sure when u delete a partition u nearly get back all of the 40gig hard drive
i think there was still 3 gigs missing when i deleted the partition

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#11
April 5, 2010 at 12:33:44
FIXMBR is only supported on x86-based computers.
thats the message i got

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#12
April 5, 2010 at 15:19:24
You should have an X86 system. That's really all the intel and AMD based computers.

You can also boot from the 98 bootdisk (if you get one set up) and at the a:\> prompt type fdisk/mbr and enter. That does the same thing as FIXMBR does for XP.

Yeah, I'm thinking it's probably a problem with the hard drive. Either a physically bad drive or a problem with the MBR.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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