For my 2nd Desktop PC, (eMachines), I've now got a new XP Home Edition CD, Windows ME CD and Windows 98 First Edition CD.
I've increased the RAM from 256MB to 512MB
When trying to do a fresh install or a Repair Install of Windows XP, I get the following error:-
Fatal Error - Data Error (Cyclic Redundancy Check)
The XP CD is fine so that is not the problem. Also, I've googled Cycle Redundancy Check and the microsoft link provides solutions which do not work (apart from replacing the Hard Drive) mine of which is an IDE.
Therefore, I formatted the drive and tried to reinstall Windows XP but I still get the above fatal error. I even tried formatting the Hard Drive a second time and tried installing Windows ME but still the same problem.
I reset the BIOS to F9 default values and still the same problem when trying to do a fresh install and repair install. Also on boot up menu, I have a choice of 2 Windows XP Home Editions to choose from 1, or 2 but both installations are incomplete.
Also I did a SCANDISK on the Hard Drive a couple of weeks ago and there were no bad sectors. (I haven't done a SCANDISK before getting this error message but believe the Hard Drive is fine and would redo a SCANDISK as a last resort).
How do I get to the root of this problem? I thought formatting the Hard Drive and setting default values F9 in the BIOS would have resolved it.
Maybe you could give me instructions on what to do. Ideally, I want to put Windows XP on this eMachines. The PC came with Windows ME already installed but I am only able to use the IE6 Browser which is useless and couldn't even use the browser to install Firefox 2.0 so I won't be using Windows ME at all on this machine anymore. I bought a Windows 98 Disk to install the music software I talked about on another post, the software of which is only available to a Windows 95 or Windows 98 System but first I want to get Windows XP Home Edition installed successfully on this machine and later I may remove it to do a fresh install of Windows 98 (Unless I decide to have 2 Operating Systems on the same machine (Windows XP Home Edition and Windows 98).
Hope you can help.
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