windows XP installation problem (freezing). :/

Toshiba / Satellite l30
January 26, 2012 at 13:29:05
Specs: Windows XP, 512 (256x2)
thanks for giving ur time to this :). ok, i tried more than 3 cds of both XP and 2k3 and both the OSes have the same problem while installing. but windows 7 installs well with no problems. so, let me brief my problem down to these points....
1) installation (fresh, from boot installation) freezes while "installing network" on both xp and 2k3.
2) does not freeze when i force my laptop to reboot (by holding down the power button and starting again) and again allow the setup (the second time). it continues installation smoothly.
3) but after this seemingly good installation, come a bunch of problems viz. very slow response time, power options in control panel freezes ( doesnt let me make changes) and missing tray icons. takes a frickin long time to boot and shutdown also, which forces me to get rid of it.
4) the laptop says that it is " designed to work with windows xp" and also i havent had this problem before!.
5) plz help. my toshiba satellite l30 cannot handle windows 7 (currently using) well.

I think the problem may not be with cds coz i used orginal ones i borrowed from friends and relatives.

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January 26, 2012 at 14:00:21
If the system was made to boot and install xp then there are only a few issues.

One is bios settings. They may be off. Another is the cd/dvd drive. The cd part may be bad. Another might be memory. Use memtest to test. XP may be missing a driver in the retail version.

Where is the actual recovery media from Toshiba? That is the correct one to use.

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January 26, 2012 at 20:01:30
Using disks that were designed to be used with different hardware is the reason you are having problems. As jefro stated, you need to use the correct disks.

Looking for that model shows me the laptop originally may have come with Vista installed. If so, it should run Windows 7 fine.

You need to install the correct drivers for the hardware in order for it to work right.

Go to the link below and either enter the serial number of the unit or click on auto detect to get the drivers.

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January 27, 2012 at 00:35:28
some more information:- Jefro and Othehill, my laptop actually came with 'windows xp starter pre installed', and i was only given the audio,video drivers and a few other usb, LAN and hotkey utilities but not the recovery media for the OS. also, I've already successfully installed XP several times using the same CDs i'm now trying to install from. so, may be the CDs are compatible with my hardware? i believe. (as a last hopeful try, i even resorted to installing a cr**ked version (i'm sorry M$), but still the same problem). :/. i want to quote this again,
" it installs well in the second try/boot (doest not freeze at "installing network" part but OS becomes very non-responsive"

I've really tried all kinds of windows xp CDs i can find guys. the problem persists :(
i'll change bios settings to default and report to u guys soon.
keep me advised on this issue guys, thanks.

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January 27, 2012 at 00:38:28
@othehill - I'm using the drivers that came with the laptop, friend. And, they've been working well before. ( with the same XP CDs)

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January 27, 2012 at 06:16:16
Guys, changing the bios settings to default and guess what? it worked like a charm!! damn! all this time.... it was just a matter of an F2 an F9 and an F10 and restart! :D thank you for ur help guys.

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January 27, 2012 at 07:51:53
OK then, sounds like you solved your own problem. So, is your laptop a Toshiba L130 or not? I ask because I don't understand why it had WinXP on it. I am not familiar with WinXP starter edition either.

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