Problem installing OS

April 26, 2009 at 08:35:52
Specs: Windows XP, 512
Hi folks,
I have been given an old Time computers PC from my mate. It was running ok on XP, though it was originally Windows ME.
He formatted the hard drive with killdisk and I now can't run windows XP installation disk to get the OS back.
I get an error message saying it can't boot from atapi CD rom (though it lights up and I can hear the disc running).
It also has a floppy drive, but I don't have any discs.

Any ideas guys?

I've attached pics for you to get a view of what's happening:-)

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#1
April 26, 2009 at 08:56:21
Killdisk has nothing to do with the ability to boot off a CD. It was an unnecessary step though...the HDD could have been wiped from the XP CD during installation.

Is the XP CD you're using an original disk or a copy? Are you trying to boot from the DVD or CD burner? or did you try both?

Try reconfiguring the IDE devices. Make the DVD drive the primary slave & the CD burner the 2ndary master. Use the actual master/slave jumper settings...not cable select. You *may* have to chnage the jumper setting on the HDD as well. And change the boot order to floppy, CD, HDD.


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#2
April 26, 2009 at 09:02:07
Hi, the disc is a copy, but worked on another system.

I've tried both the drives, but same result.

I'll try the last suggestion just now, thanks again:-)


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#3
April 26, 2009 at 09:08:04
Hi again! I have tried to make the changes you suggested in the IDE devices, but when I go into the settings I can't see the listings for the drives?

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#4
April 26, 2009 at 09:51:52
I don't know which HDD you have but like I said, you *may* have to change the jumper on the drive. Some HDDs have a different jumper setting for master (single) & master (with slave).

Then the jumper has to be changed on the DVD to slave & it has to be connected to the same cable as the HDD.

The CD burner has to be jumpered to master & connected to the end plug on the 2ndary IDE cable.


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#5
April 26, 2009 at 09:54:16
I'm showing my ignorance here, but do you mean opening the PC up and changing the leads around?

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#6
April 26, 2009 at 10:34:34
"do you mean opening the PC up and changing the leads around?"

uh, yes...this is the hardware forum, is it not? Sorry, I didn't think I had to get into an indepth explanation about physically opening the case, removing drives, moving jumper caps, switching cables, etc. I assumed you knew all that.


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#7
April 26, 2009 at 10:34:41
Try this with a (Legal?) Micro$oft XP CD rather than a copy???

Copies are notorious for being unreadable on some CD Drives. Could be something as simple as poor quality Media.

If it works with a M$ CD you'll know what to do.

There is nothing to learn from someone who already agrees with you.


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#8
April 26, 2009 at 10:43:26
Thanks Dumbob.

Jam, I shall publicly flog myself. Profuse apology's.


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