Solved erased hdd with killdisk pro dod and now I cant instal vista

January 30, 2012 at 19:18:37
Specs: Windows XP
cant install vista after kill disk pro
Ive been Googling and reading forums for weeks and Im getting nowhere fast and Im desperate for help!

Long story short, (hopefully) I recently discovered our home network had been hacked in to. I read that just formatting your hdd with windows doesnt completely erase all of the data so I used Active@killdisk pro DOD 3 pass to erase the Hdd, all partions, and hp recovery partition. Before I erased anything I called hp and explained to them what I needed to do, and they said they would send me the System Recovery Discs for my pc. So I get the discs and they just refuse to install and i have no idea why... I called hp back and they confirmed the discs they sent me were correct for my system and that i probably had a bad hdd and told me to run a test on it.(Sooo much help!) anyway All tests to hdd, memory, check out fine. Also, My internal hdd is visible in bios.. and my usb cd/dvd seems to be working fine (i tried it on another computer)

So Heres the rundown:

1) I boot from a usb cdrom and its first to boot in bios.

2) It proceeds to "windows is loading files" and runs all the way through.

3) screen goes black with curser blinking in top left corner

4) Microsoft Corp.sign with Green loading bar runs briefly

5) Blue Screen with error: Error 1012. If the Issue continues, please contact HP Support (which i did and they were no help at all because my warranty is long over due)

So here i am... Can someone please help. I do not have the money to buy a new pc and Hp is no help at all.. other then telling me my hdd is bad (when i dont believe it is) and trying to sell me another one of which i cant afford right now either.

Things i've ran and tried :

- D.loaded and burnt Hirens Boot cd 15.1 (from a laptop)

- tried to format/partition using some utilities from hirens cd but cant seem to get them to work correctly. (parted magic, minitool partition, gparted)

- ran WD/data Lifeguard Diag. (Everything passes)

- ran Wd/data Lifeguard Diag. and did Full Erase with Zeros

- ran HDD test v4.20 ( no errors, perfect)

- ran Hard Disk Sentinel dos ( no errors, perfect)

- ran Memtest 86 (no errors, perfect health)

- Unplugged HDD

- Re seated all Ram

- Tried Ram 1 by 1 (in slot closests to CPU)

- Removed CMOS battery

- Reset Bios with jumpers

- Disconnect internal cd rw drive (its broke so i just disconnected)

Im sure theres more I just forgot to write them all down Please if some of you Smart computer peeps can help with any suggestions, etc. I would GREATLY APPRECIATE IT before I loose my mind!! lol... There has to be a solution.. Its probably something simple and im just too dumb to figure it out.. lol...Im not sure what all info one might need to help me, so Im just going to list everything I can find..

HP sent me Vista Home premium Recovery Discs and a Supplemental Recovery disc.. ??

HP Pavilion Desktop a1700n

Config- AMD Athlon 64X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+

CPU- 2000Mhz

Cache Ram- 512kb X2

Installed Memory- 3072mb/PC2-4200

Bank 1 1024mb/ddr2 sdram

Bank 2 1024mb/ddr2 sdram

Bank 3 512mb/ddr2 sdram

Bank 4 512mb/ddr2 sdram

HDD 250 GB WDC WD2500JS- 60NCB1 Sata (Internal)

Serial # WD-WCANKA846828

BIOS- Phoenix Awardbios cmos

bios revision: 5.07 3/19/07

core version: 6.0

model #: a1700n

product #: RK572AA-ABA

build Id: 71NAv3PrA4

Motherboard- A8M2N-LA (NodusM3)

CD-rom: USB-CDR0M0 Sony DVD RW DRU-840A SS01

Update: I tried installing Os with an internal PATA cd-rom that I borrowed.. now all i get Is a
black screen with a blinking curser in top left corner. :(

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January 31, 2012 at 13:29:48
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Use usb dvd on some other system. Just boot to the cd to see if you can get to the point where it asks what to do. Don't install it to another computer.

Where did you get the dvd from?

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February 1, 2012 at 02:01:08
Before installing Windows, you may use the disk to format HDD first. Just choose Advanced Options and select Format during the installation process. You may have to create the partition to install Windows on.


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February 1, 2012 at 12:29:33
FYI your information concerning format isn't quite right. Format doesn't remove the data but the data is not longer accessable without recovery software. You had no worries after formatting concerning the hacker.

blinking cursor in the upper left corner of a black screen is an indication of no master boot record.

Booting the OS disk and selecting create partition and then format partition should make it bootable. You don't mention these two steps in your post.

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February 1, 2012 at 14:58:44
Thanks for everyones replies. Im soo happy to say it finally got installed by doing this:
1. moved the hdd to another computer and partitioned/ formated with bootable partition wizard.
2. Moved the hdd back to hp pc
3. Connected another cd/dvd rom with new pata (this was the 3rd rom I tried btw) :(
4. Connected another mouse
5. set all bios to default, then set cd to boot first
6. Restarted and bam! It finally made it to hp recovery manager! :)

I had to format a couple of times w. Cd because it kept freezing during installation process but it eventually all ran through and installed properly. Im d.loading updates as we speak! :)

Seems as though my usb cd/dvd rw drive has malfunctioned somehow along with the 2nd pata drive I tried from another pc.. 3rd time was a charm tho! :)
My mouse also got fried somehow in the process.. Hooked up a new one and its good as new!! Thanks again

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February 2, 2012 at 19:42:05
You might have memory or power supply issues or some other hardware deal going on.

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February 2, 2012 at 20:55:51
Hi jefro,

Thanks for that info.. I tested my memory and it all passed.. is there some sort of software I can test the power supply with?

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February 3, 2012 at 13:13:34
A voltmeter is the common device. Might be some more advanced testers out there with an ability to simulate loads.

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