OS installation problems

IBM, no idea
February 27, 2006 at 03:12:33
Specs: -none-, 128MB PC133
for a project at school i have to rebuild an old computer, install an OS and upgrade it. But i am having problems installing the OS (i've tried both XP and 2000) I formatted the HDD with MTSF firstly and tryed to install XP, a few error messages came up saying that a few files could not be transferred properly. The same thing happened when i tryed installing 2000 under NTSF and FAT32. im suspecting HDD damage due to viruses or just the HDD has just died. any info would be highly appreciated, thanks. (to all those parents out there, my grades depend on your help!)

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#1
February 27, 2006 at 03:28:54
Not being able to copy files is usually relates to either a bad CD or CD ROM.

You can always use a Win98 Startup disk to FDISK and format it as FAT32 using Large disk support.

Afterwards, insert the XP CD and follow the prompts.

Advise from a parent: Learn "NTFS" (NT File System)

Bryan


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#2
February 27, 2006 at 04:49:38
Try another stick of RAM.

I just had the very same problem, and the cause was bad RAM.


Rich Gu
P4 3.2 / 1 GB PC3200
Intel MOBO
self built


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#3
February 27, 2006 at 05:12:35
Yea, I would suspect the memory also. WinXP is not tolerant of RAM errors. You can test it by running memtest86. Download the file, use it to create a boot floppy, then boot off it & let the diagnostics run for at least one complete series of tests (probably 20-30 min). The program will run continuously until you stop it. If any errors are reported, try some different RAM, & you may as well test that RAM too before trying to install your OS.

http://www.memtest86.com/#download0


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#4
February 27, 2006 at 08:11:38
RAM bad, or CD or CDROM

what will they do with it when you are done "rebiulding" it? j/c

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#5
February 27, 2006 at 12:17:21
But if you are conncerned about the hard drive you can download free diagnostics from the manufacturer's web site.

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#6
February 27, 2006 at 23:56:29
ok thanks every one, i know it is not the CD as that particualr cd has already been used to install windows on another machine. i will download some ram and hdd diognostic programs and see what happens, thanks guys :)

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