|"At the point it asked for the Service Pack 2 disk, I had to cancel because there isn't one. The 3 disks that are here are the two installation disks and one that says : Windows XP Media Center Edition, Updates for version 2005, which won't install because it is missing a dll file. "|
It sounds like you DID NOT install MCE the right way !
I'm assuming the first two CDs are the OEM MCE 2 CD set.
If you use the OEM MCE 2 CD set to install it, there are bugs in it's Setup that were in the first version (MCE 2002) that have never been fixed in newer versions, such as MCE 2005, the currently available version.
When you get through about 2/3 of the way loading files from the first CD and setting up Windows, it asks you to insert another CD, but the title of it is WRONG. Insert the second CD in the SAME drive at that point. It will load files from the second CD for a while, then it asks you to insert another CD, but the title of it is ALSO WRONG. Insert the first CD in the SAME drive at that point, and Setup will finish successfully.
If you get confused about what CD Setup is asking for and Skip loading files from the second CD, or Skip loading files from the first CD the second time, MCE is not installed properly!! You must start Setup over again, from scratch, and do it the right way!
It sounds like the third CD is accumulated updates for the MCE version. Those can also be loaded via Windows Update.
If you have MCE 2005 it already has Windows SP2 updates built into it.
You need to load Windows SP3 updates.
See Response 6
"If your XP CD does not have SP3 updates included, the best time to load them is right after you have installed Windows from scratch...."
"Shut down the machine, turned it back on. Yipe! Got a CMOS check sum error. Which tells me the battery is either low or shot, but told it to keep booting into Windows. Got in there then shut down again to do the install."
You get the "CMOS check sum error" message.....
- if there is a problem with the battery or it's connection
- if the battery has been removed, or if it's too weak, or if it's dead, or if it's got a poor connection in it's socket to it's contacts, or if it has been installed upside down in it's socket - usually the + must be on the top when it's installed
In that case the bios Setup settings have been set to defaults, and you can set at least the Date and Time in the bios to get rid of the message, but if the problem is not fixed, the error message will appear again while booting after every time you have shut down the computer.
Coin shaped batteries normally last about 5 years from the time they were made.
If your problem is caused by a too weak or dead battery, you need to replace it !
- if you have removed the battery and have correctly re-installed it, or if you have cleared the Cmos by moving a jumper on the mboard then moved it back to the "normal" position.
In that case the bios Setup settings have been set to defaults, and if you set at least the Date and Time in the bios to get rid of the message, that message will NOT appear again as long as there is no problem with the battery.
"Started to install then got an error message that said No harddisk found."
I assume you mean you started to install MCE again.
All XP CDs have no SATA controller drivers built into them.
If the bios Setup has the SATA controllers in SATA or AHCI mode, when you boot from the XP CD, if your hard drive is a SATA drive, he initial files loaded from the CD cannot find any SATA drive.
The simplest way to fix that is to find the setting for the SATA controller mode in the bios Setup and change that to an IDE compatible mode of some sort.Save bios settings.
It must have been set that way previously before bios defaults were loaded, (if you did not press F6 near the beginning of loading files from the first MCE CD and load SATA controller drivers from a floppy disk in a conventional floppy drive the first time you installed MCE).
If this is a brand name system, I / we probably can't find the info about what you see in your bios Setup,.but wherever it is, it's presently set to SATA or AHCI, it's changeable, and at least one other choice is an IDE compatible mode of some sort.
If this is a generic system, if you provide the make and model of the mboard, I / we can usually find the mboard manual and usually in that manual is a detailed description of the settings in the bios Setup that I / we can find the setting you need to change in and tell you about.
An IDE compatible mode of some sort - e.g. IDE, EIDE, ATA, PATA, Compatible, etc.
When the SATA controller mode has been set to an IDE compatible mode of some sort in the bios, the XP CDs WILL detect SATA drives,as IDE compatible drives,when you boot from them.
After Setup has finished, after you have installed the drivers for your mboard including the SATA controller drivers, you can then go into the bios Setup and change the SATA controller setting to SATA or AHCI mode, if you wish to.