When system recovery tries to install drivers it freezes

February 15, 2012 at 20:54:20
Specs: Xp media edition
I am doing this on an old emachine with its built in system recovery, and it goes great till it has to install the drivers. When it reaches the 17th one, an ati display driver, it freezes. any suggestions?

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February 15, 2012 at 21:34:11
Why are you trying to do the system recovery ?

If it's because Windows would not work properly, it could be because your hard drive is in the process of failing !
The FIRST thing you should have done is test the hard drive Windows was installed on !

In any case, you should do this...

Check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:

If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibility, on another computer if you need to.

Seagate's SeaTools will test (almost) any brand of hard drive.
Do the long test.

The bootable Dos versions of SeaTools can be used even if Windows is not working properly.

If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.

When Windows 2000 or XP (MCE 200x is an XP version) has a problem detecting hardware properly during the second stage of Setup, you can get LONG delays when you see 3x minutes remaining, and the computer may eventually black screen, reboot , Setup starts the second stage of Setup over again (don't press the key to boot from the CD while booting after Setup has started - if you do, Setup will start over from the beginning) , it will malfunction at the same point again, black screen the computer, etc., in an endless loop

If that's what is happenening....
If it's a desktop computer, remove the AC power to the computer, remove all cards installed in mboard slots that are not essential for running Setup, and try the Recovery procedure again. (If the only cards you have in slots are essential for runing Setup, remove them one by one, wipe off their contacts with a tissue or soft cloth, install them again and make sure they're all the way down in their slot and that their metal bracket is fastened to the case. For that matter, always make sure all cards are all the way down and fastened. )

Setup will probably complete successfully.

If it does, install the cards you removed one by one after Setup has finished, after having removed the AC power to the case.

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February 16, 2012 at 05:28:29
If you cannot confirm that the video was not changed since the machine was new, it is probably that the video drivers are not correct for the video currently installed. If the motherboard has built in video and you have a video card, uninstall the card, use the onboard video, do the recovery, then install the video drivers and card after recovery.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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