Cannot Boot WinXP installation disk.

May 2, 2012 at 07:05:17
Specs: windows XP, 1 GB

I have an old machine, which running on WinME. Somehow the hard disk seems broken and I cannot use it obviously. I bought a new HDD and I install it onto the machine and I planned to install a WinXP on it. I boot the winXP installation disk, and after "press any key to boot from CD" and I press any key (obviously), it shows a blank screen and I've got message telling that the windows cannot start bla bla bla, (choose option) safe mode, safe mode with common prompt, safe mode with networking, boot last good configuration and start windows normally (you know that kind of stuff).. I cannot choose anything other than start windows normally, and when i press enter, nothing happen. It just freeze. can anyone help me?

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#1
May 2, 2012 at 09:09:45

You will not see "safe mode, safe mode with common prompt, safe mode with networking, etc" on a new HDD. And that message does NOT come from running XP setup. So either the "new" drive already has a version of Windows on it or you're still booting off the WinME drive. Did you remove the old HDD? Did you set the master/slave jumper correctly on the new HDD & connect it to the primary channel? Is it being properly recognized by the BIOS?

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#2
May 3, 2012 at 07:53:40

Actually the new HDD is second hand HDD. Yes, I did remove the old HDD, the master/slave jumper is correctly set and the BIOS recognized it.

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