Copy of XP install CD will not install

January 12, 2010 at 10:02:40
Specs: Windows XP Pro, unknown
My son built his own pc some years back, and it has nnever gone wrong. He has now left home and it's gone ape. It stopped reading programmes, wouldn't connect to the net, and similar. So I had a play around with it, no joy. Format it, reinstall windows, and start again. Done it on my pc a few times, no problem.

Lost the original XP pro disc, but had done 3 copies (always putting stuff away and losing it).

Trouble is, all 3 discs flash up with missing .dll files...different ones. Discs are in good nick, no scratches or anything, so I'm stumped. Tried swapping the 2 hdd round, but no joy on either.Even connected them as slave on mine and formatted them, no joy.Can't even give you a system spec as I can't get the damn thing to work.

If I connect one of the hdd to my pc can I install xp on that and boot up my sons pc that way?

I have also no floppy drive to take that route. I have an old copy of ME somewhere. If that was in good nick, could I install that and upgrad, as it were, with my xp disc?

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January 12, 2010 at 10:06:16
Installing when the hard drive is in your PC and then moving it isn't going to work well.

Are the hard drive/s in your son's computer IDE ATA or SATA type? IDE ATA uses the wide flat white ribbon cables for data.

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January 12, 2010 at 10:10:45
IDE ATA, that much I do know. The cables seem to be ok, and all connections seem firm enough.

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January 12, 2010 at 10:30:41
So, when you attempt to install what ultimately happens?

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January 12, 2010 at 11:23:46
It takes me through all the stages up to copying files, then it starts to copy but keeps flashing up '****.dll is missing. Press Enter to try again, Esc to skip, F3 to quit setup'.

If I persevere, it will load the missing .dll ( I have used all 3 discs in rotation to pick up the relevant files), but then I get the blue DoS screen 'Computer closed down to prevent serious error, then I get various messages (different one every time) about Kernels and the such. I know I should have written them down, but I thought I was savvy enough to work round it.

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January 12, 2010 at 12:26:28
Do you have an installation key to go with those disks? Are they all the same? Do you know what version of WinXP is on the disks?

If you have an installation key for a full retail or full OEM version (not a restore disk from an OEM computer) of WinXP home or pro you could borrow a disk from someone and copy it. Needs to be the same version.

The disk is just the media. The key is what is what makes the version legal. So you would use the key you already have to install with.

Hope that makes sense to you.

If the computer has sat for some time the hardware may have some bad connections. Especially the memory.

Open the case with the computer unplugged and remove the memory sticks (RAM) one by one and snap them in and out 4 or 5 times each to burnish the contacts.

Try to install again.

Having missing files on each disk is possible but having different ones pop up with each CD indicates the RAM may be faulty (could be dirty). Use proper anti static precautions when entering the case (ground yourself first).

If the above procedure doesn't help then download memtest86 and install to disk and run from the start up. That will check the RAM for errors. No errors are acceptable.

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January 12, 2010 at 14:02:46
Yes, I have the key as they are copies of my original disc. I'll check the RAM. The pc was ok, just running a bit rough. My youngest son has 'inherited' it form his bruv, so god knows what he's been downloading and that. That's why I thought a reinstall would be the way to go.

Thanks anyway, I'll post what happens.

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January 13, 2010 at 09:31:05
Well that's what it was then...a faulty stick of RAM. Wish I'd known about this site before I did all the formatting etc., but I guess life's like that.

Thanks everyone, much appreciated.

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January 13, 2010 at 09:44:26
Glad you got it working.

Did the snapping in and out solve the problem or did you actually need to pull out a stick permanently?

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January 13, 2010 at 13:05:44
Left it out for the moment. I'll give it a clean and then try putting it in again. Just wanted to get the pc working again, if it's a duff stick, it's cheap enough to replace.

Thanks again for the advice.

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January 13, 2010 at 13:10:03
Most RAM is warrantied for life.

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January 13, 2010 at 13:15:38
Didn't know that. Unfortunately, not got a clue where I bought this or even when, or would it be the manufacturer who is the guarantor? Not even sure there's a manufacturers tag on the stick.

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January 13, 2010 at 13:56:51
It is the manufacturer. It would be on the printed circuit board. The model number of the stick indicates who made it. The chips themselves were made by someone else. Most have a paper sticker applied that has the brand and model.

Go to the manufacturer's site and look for warranty info. Usually will give you an RMA number that you use to mail it to them.

Had some bad Kingstone recently and it was not a problem to get it replaced. They sent the same identical model of RAM sticks back to me.

Some crappy brands don't do that.

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January 14, 2010 at 02:59:55
The stick is a Spectek PC2100 DDR 128mb, but I don't know how old it is. Found their website, so I'll ask them about the warranty. Cheers for that.

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