Clean format/install of XP shutsdown Notebook

January 16, 2011 at 14:05:17
Specs: Win XP Home Compaq OEM & Win XP Pro EMachine OEM, Athlon 64 - 2GB Ram - ATI Radeon Express 200M GPU
I am attempting to format/install XP on a new Western Digital Scorpio Blue 160 GB PATA. I have tried both the original OEM XP Home that came with the Compaq R4000 and an XP Pro OEM that I have from an old machine. With both Win XP versions, the install runs until it gets to the point where the Win files would start copying over to the HD from CD, then the Notebook just shuts off. I have checked the jumpers, tried them two different ways (Master and Cable), same result.

Th fan is blowing the whole time, so I thought it might be a heat issue, so I started experimenting. I took the new drive out, put the old Fujitsu drive back in, machine boots and runs fine, fan speeds up while booting, but then slows down like it should and machine will run as long as desired. Then I took the new drive, put it in a USB case, formatted it, and it runs fine, shows up as a letter drive, and can accept files copied to it, etc.

The original HD is a Fujitsu (actually the 2nd HD I have had in this R4000 and when I changed HD before, I had no issues at all. I expected this to be a 30 minute job. The WD was the only EIDE/PATA HD I could get at Fry's, but could order a different model if driver or conflict is the problem here.

Any help will be appreciated.


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January 16, 2011 at 14:20:02
Look at the current ratings on both drives. I suspect that it may be the cause of the problem. One is too high. I guess too low could cause it too with acpi issue.

Be sure you set bios to read the drive before you attempt to install. It may also be a problem.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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January 16, 2011 at 23:23:09
I figured this out. I think it was the 137GB limit for XP, SP1/2. Anyway, I created a 130GB partition and it installed fine. Done.

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