infinite loop during clean XP installation

January 6, 2010 at 05:31:19
Specs: Windows XP, intel 4 / 512 mb ram
I have been trying to install a clean compy of xp home on a new western digital 250 gb hard drive in a compaq presario desktop. First off I never get the prompt to boot to cd, it just does it
The set up files are copied to the hard drive fine. then when it is suppsoes to reboot to the gui portion of set up it just loops back to the begging again and again
I have tried setting the cd rom as the first boot device, I have large disk support enabled in the bios , I have tried alternating memory sticks to rule out faluty memory , I sent the cd back to comp usa and they sent me a replacement to rule out a faulty cd.
I have repartioned and formatted the drive with each failed attempt. making to partitions smaller does not help, I have tried clearing the cmos ,
Does any one know how to solve this issue, I really need this machine up and running again for my home business.

thanks is advance .
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#1
January 6, 2010 at 06:48:26
If you're not getting the press any key to boot option, that's why it re loops.It automatically boots from the cd and starts the process all over again. Is this a genuine Win cd? Check the BIOS for different cd rom options. When you set the boot order to boot from cd rom, see if you're using the correct cd rom choice. Some bios settings allow you to use different cd types.

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#2
January 6, 2010 at 07:10:20
Is the hard drive a SATA type? If so, that is your problem. WinXP does not natively support SATA hard drive controllers.

Did the Compaq originally come with a SATA hard drive?

What happened to the old hard drive?

What was the capacity of the old hard drive?

Did you ever create the restore disks?

What is the model of the Compaq?

I suggest you ask a moderator here to edit your original post to remove your email address. Just include that request in your next response.

Posting it in the open invites spam and we aren't in the business of supplying individual answers anyway. The answers in the open forum may help someone in the future.


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#3
January 6, 2010 at 07:23:41
Maybe you have a Recovery CD, not an XP CD.

You may want to find out how to do things ----
Go here--- http://www.compaq.com/country/cpq_s...
then enter in your exact Model name, and number,
then tick what information you want to know,
then proceed from there.

You may want to get the Specifications List of what's in your computer, and print that on paper for future reference.


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#4
January 6, 2010 at 07:38:08
I have removed your email address - as posting an email address in a forum (any forum) is an open invitation to be seriously "spammed"...

Can/will you confirm type of drive installed (EIDE or SATA); also if the XP CD you have is a full (or even upgrade) version or a recovery disk?

And model of Compaq PC/laptop would be useful...


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#5
January 30, 2010 at 02:07:06
thanks grasshopper
: I have the disconnected all but one of my cd roms , to ensure no conflicts , plus I have that cd rom set as the boot first device and the first boot cd rom in the bios

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#6
January 30, 2010 at 02:14:35
hi OtheHill
: the hard drive type is an IDE which is what oriigainally cam in the system which is an SR1303WM
the old hard drive crashed I think due to physical damage and or max capacity,
the old hard drive (after reformat and repartition) also looped the xp home cd which is an original disk from comp usa, I thought I had a damaged disk so I sent it back and they sent me another , same problem occured

I have also purchased the Restore cds from hp and they are doing the same thing. the restore process starts and runs all The wayt thorught the frist cd , then it stops , never prompts for the next cd , then it just loops back to the begining like the xp disk does.


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#7
January 30, 2010 at 02:42:24
thanks Chuck 2
the xp home cd is a full version of windows xp home I bought from comp usa, it was in its original sealed packags with a valid license,

I have also tried the recovery cds which I bought from HP and followed the steps the letter, They are also looping,

I have disconnected and or removed all unecessary hardware,

I have tested my memory moduels ( 2x256 mb ddr 2) in a different machine and they are functioning,

The system has an AMD 64 processor and I read where there was a bug in XP concerning AMD , I modified the appropriate files but still I get the loop.

I have gotten a variety of error codes also , including .
currupt or missing boot.ini, which I rebuilt,
missing set up text file.
blue screen with stop error , disable disk cache or shadowing.

on the old drive , I rebuilt the boot partition, fix mbr, and checkdsk /X . I have been doing alot of reading and have tried every thing suggested by forum post , and even the HP techs themselves. still no resolve.

I also updated the bios with the correct version which i downloaded from the HP web site. Still I get the looping installation

this is when I decided to try the recovery disk, and they did the same, infinate loop.

so now I have taken the old drive and installed it in another compag as a slave and could access all files,
I ran chkdsk /x again and started seeing :
bad links found in lost strings on sector xxxxxx and this reapeated close to 100 times:
so I backed up my important data and have just reformatted and repartioned the drive,

I am getting ready to try the xp disk on the old drive now that it has been reformatted and partioned and all the bad links have been removed, which I think could have been a virus,



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#8
January 30, 2010 at 03:06:58
so I am running the recovery disk on the old drive after installing it in another machine as a slave and repartioning and reformatting the drive, as well as running chkdsk /x and removing bad links found in lsot strings on sectors xxxxxx,

the first recvoery disk ran faster than lighting and I now have the comaq logo up and gone and now it appears the gui portion of the recovery is kicking in ,

I just got a blue screen , cdfs_file_system
if this is the first time .......

check hardware software .........

diasable bios memory options such as disk caheing or shadowing , but there is no option in the bios to disable this.


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#9
January 30, 2010 at 03:17:01
so I am running the recovery disk on the old drive after installing it in another machine as a slave and repartioning and reformatting the drive, as well as running chkdsk /x and removing bad links found in lsot strings on sectors xxxxxx,

the first recvoery disk ran faster than lighting and I now have the comaq logo up and gone and now it appears the gui portion of the recovery is kicking in ,

I just got a blue screen , cdfs_file_system
if this is the first time .......

check hardware software .........

diasable bios memory options such as disk caheing or shadowing , but there is no option in the bios to disable this.

so I have taken out the the graphics card that the monitor was connected to and connectedc it to the on board video port and rebooted


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#10
January 30, 2010 at 03:21:17
so I am running the recovery disk on the old drive after installing it in another machine as a slave and repartioning and reformatting the drive, as well as running chkdsk /x and removing bad links found in lsot strings on sectors xxxxxx,

the first recvoery disk ran faster than lighting and I now have the comaq logo up and gone and now it appears the gui portion of the recovery is kicking in ,

I just got a blue screen , cdfs_file_system
if this is the first time .......

check hardware software .........

diasable bios memory options such as disk caheing or shadowing , but there is no option in the bios to disable this.

so I have taken out the the graphics card that the monitor was connected to and connectedc it to the on board video port and rebooted

again the gui portion of the recovery starts with a pointer and I almost got to the first prompt for preparing the drive and another blue screen this is the third one and each time it has been different this time it is
page_fault_in_nonpaged_area

and it still says to disable disk cacheing or shadowing but and there is no option in the bios to do this ..


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#11
January 30, 2010 at 03:44:17
so I am running the recovery disk on the old drive after installing it in another machine as a slave and repartioning and reformatting the drive, as well as running chkdsk /x and removing bad links found in lsot strings on sectors xxxxxx,

the first recvoery disk ran faster than lighting and I now have the comaq logo up and gone and now it appears the gui portion of the recovery is kicking in ,

I just got a blue screen , cdfs_file_system
if this is the first time .......

check hardware software .........

diasable bios memory options such as disk caheing or shadowing , but there is no option in the bios to disable this.

so I have taken out the the graphics card that the monitor was connected to and connectedc it to the on board video port and rebooted

again the gui portion of the recovery starts with a pointer and I almost got to the first prompt for preparing the drive and another blue screen this is the third one and each time it has been different this time it is
page_fault_in_nonpaged_area

and it still says to disable disk cacheing or shadowing but and there is no option in the bios to do this ..

the hp web site has an article that suggest Set the video memory to 8 MB or less:


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#12
January 30, 2010 at 03:59:32
page_fault_in_nonpaged_area

http://www.google.com.au/#hl=en&q=p...

6. Stop 0x00000050 or PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA---This may be caused by defective physical memory or incompatible software which caused a hardware driver or service request for data that was not in memory. If the error occurred after installing a device driver or application, try using Safe Mode and removing the driver or program.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/329293


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#13
January 30, 2010 at 05:40:30
thanks Johnw

I have tested both memory modules in another compaq and they appeared to functioning fine.

however the hp site had an article that said to reduce video memory to 8 mb or less , then run a full recovery instead of a standard since I am using the seit of disk ( 8 in all ) .

I have all uninstalled all uneccessary components and pci cards leaving only the hard drive , one cdrom, mouse and key board,

note ; after the second blue screen hardware error , I traded out the USB mouse for a rugualr DB mouse and the recovery went a little further into the process then previously.
I also have a USB key board connected and I think that could be causing a problem however Ican use it to enter and change the bios settings without a problem.

SO right now I am waiting to see if I get another blue screen , I took out the graphics card , and ran a full recovery from the disk and it formatted the dirve in abut an hour. and now the screen says starting recovery and the curser is flashing.


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#14
January 30, 2010 at 05:44:55
this system was fine until it froze one day while viewing a media player file. then I needed to run chkdsk and when I did the chckdsk app hung up on stage two for days. It has never been the same.

Although it seems that reforamatting and repartioning the drive should squash any porblems caused by the above except of course for a physical dirve error, but that would not explain the same symptoms in a new drive.


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