Can't Install XP-System out Memory

January 15, 2009 at 08:56:40
Specs: Windows XP, 1ghz/1gb
Let's say you had a wiped hard drive with no OS and you put your xp cd in but get a "can't find dos" error.

So you put in a dr-dos bootable xp cd in and can get to the dos prompt.

You then try to run WINNT from i/386 and you get the "Setup needs to know where the XP files are located" message. You tell it where to look but then get the "System out of Memory issue".

Now you put the entire i386 folder on your hard drive and try to run it from there but get the same "Memory" error.

What would you do from here. Any and all assistance is appreciated.

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January 15, 2009 at 09:07:46
How did you get the "can't find dos" error?

You should be able to install WinXP directly from the WinXP CD without any of that other stuff. BTW, there is no DOS in WinXP. When in the OS you can get a Command prompt. That is not the same thing as a DOS prompt.

Boot into the BIOS screens (setup) and set the boot order with the CD drive before the hard drive. Then boot with the WinXP CD in the CD drive. Watch the screens for a prompt to hit any key to boot from CD. Just tap the space bar at that time and the setup should start.

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January 15, 2009 at 09:57:25
Thanks for the help. Here's the situation.
I can put the XP cd in any other computer and it works fine. I put it in my laptop (after ensuring that the bios is reading from the cd first) and get the following message "Cannot read DOS! Any key to retry". So I created another cd that was made bootable with all the same info on it. Now when it boots it opens to an [DR-DOS]a:> dos prompt. I can view the DIR and see the folders and data but when I try to run the WINNT I get the out of memory error. More advice is appreciated!

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January 15, 2009 at 10:12:42
DOS has limits on the amount of mamory it can access. Basically the first 640KB of RAM unless more has been configured.

Instead of trying to re-invent the wheel I suggest you figure out what is going on with the laptop.

Seeing as there is no DOS on the WinXP CD, unless you have cobbled the disk structure, I think you may be reading something off the hard drive.

What is/was on the hard drive?

When you attempt to boot from the WinXP CD do you see a prompt to hit any key to boot from the CD? If you don't then either the boot order is wrong or there is a problem with the WinXP CD. Because you are able to boot to a different CD then the issue points to your WinXP CD as the problem.

Try the WinXP CD in a different computer to see if you can boot to it then.

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January 15, 2009 at 10:32:25
Again, thanks for your help.

The hard drive has been erased but I did an FDISK to create a partition c: drive. It shows 2047 mb has a status of a and is pri dos, fat 16b (bigdos >32 mb)

When I boot from the orignal xp cd it says "Cannot read DOS! Any key to retry". I cannot run setup.exe becuase that can't be done in dos. So I tried to run the winnt file but too low memory.

The winxp cd boots fine in 2 other computers when it is put in.

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January 15, 2009 at 10:39:33
You should stick with your original post here: double-posting is against the rules of this site, and both posts may be removed.

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown

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January 15, 2009 at 10:51:08
Sorry about that, message removed.

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January 15, 2009 at 13:16:44
Actually, no it wasn't.

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown

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January 15, 2009 at 13:32:22
My apologies again. I appreciate your help. I was able to burn an iso image to cd and that seems to have cured the reading issues my drive was having.

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January 15, 2009 at 13:42:36
FYI, When using Fdisk you need to say yes for large disks. You didn't and that is why it created a 2GB partition and formatted it FAT16.

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