Cannot install windows???

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January 15, 2010 at 23:39:14
Specs: Windows 2000/XP/98
I have a desktop which does not have an os. Fortunately, i have 3 windows installers. XP/2000/98. On XP: The "setup is loading files" prompt, after that a BSOD came up. I tried the 2000 installer, just like xp it came up with BSOD after "copying files needed for setup". I tried 98 but it's thesame, but the computer restarts. I just needed to install win2000 to meet my system requirements.
200 mhz
2 gb harddisk
64 mb ram

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#1
January 15, 2010 at 23:55:58
I would start thinking of a hardware problem, possible memory or hard disk.

Check both out with diagnostic software. You can get one for the hard disk from the manufacture and use Memtest86 on the memory.

The details of the BSOD should give you clue as to the problem

Stuart


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#2
January 16, 2010 at 00:06:37
I agree; check both memory and the hdd.

Skip


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#3
January 16, 2010 at 00:14:29
Thanks Stuart.. The BSOD says:
STOP
Inaccessible Boot device
Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed harddrives or hard drive controllers. Check your hard drive to make sure if it is properly configured and terminated. Run CHKDSK/F to check for hard drive corruption, and then restart your computer.
Sorry I'm just a 14 year old guy. LOL
What can you suggest then?
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#4
January 16, 2010 at 00:59:58
Look like the hard drive then doesn't it.

Download a diagnostic application from the drive manufactures web site. If it is faulty there is not much you can do about it except buy a new one.

Stuart


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#5
January 16, 2010 at 01:03:12
Thanks for the help...I'll just give up installing windows. *sigh*

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#6
January 16, 2010 at 01:06:14
@ Stuart, But, if there is stiill hope, can I change the motherboard right?

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#7
January 16, 2010 at 02:58:27
200mhz processor, 2gb harddrive and 64mb ram?
Forget XP or 2K
Win98 is your only option of the three OSs you mention.

You will need to get a 98 bootfloppy and use FDISK to delete any current partitions before creating a new active partition for instalation. Also agree you need to run hard drive diagnostic.

As for replacing the motherboard, why bother. If you do that you'll probably need new CPU, new ram and a different powersupply. It isn't worth it except as a learning exercise.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#8
January 16, 2010 at 03:29:19
What is replacing the motherboard going to achieve. You are still going to need a new hard disk if the one you have is knacked.

Stuart


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#9
January 16, 2010 at 06:53:49
As Richard said, XP & 2000 are out...you don't have enough RAM. Win98 or WinME are your only options. The BSOD is most likely caused by bad RAM. Do you have a floppy drive? Download memtest86, unzip it, open the folder, double click on INSTALL.BAT & follow the instructions (have a floppy disc ready to go)

http://www.memtest86.com/memtest35.zip

Once you've created the disc, boot off it & let the test run for at least once complete series. If any errors are found, the RAM is most likely bad & will need to be replaced. To be sure, try removing the RAM, cleaning the contact edge, then running the test again.


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#10
January 16, 2010 at 19:38:16
2000 should at least install:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/304297

but you're not going to be able to do much with it, given your specs.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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