problem reinstalling xp on an aspire one

Dell / Inspiron 1300
August 17, 2011 at 08:28:50
Specs: Windows XP, 0.5
My daughters aspire one wouldnt boot , was originally linus then xp, so no resetting back to factory settings, decided to reinstall xp. Bought a usb cd drive, when booting from xp cdrom, reads files for installation but randomly will not read one or two files on the cd, if try again different files become unreadable. Windows wont then go through setup process as it thinks files are missing, I have created a new bootable cd and same occurs. Has anyone any ideas why this is happening and more importantly how to get around the problem. Presently have a netbook with nothing on it, It only has 0.5g of memeory, should i go back to linux, if so which one would work the best and pick up wifi etc

many thanks


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#1
August 17, 2011 at 09:34:11
Perhaps you need to download the hard-drive manufacturers diagnostic test for the hard-drive...you will need to burn the iso image to cd since you have no nothing installed, then boot off the diagnostic cd and test the hard-drive. Also make sure it is not a bad cd that you are trying to install from. Flukey ram can cause flukey problems....to test it you make a cd of memtest86 and run the ram diagnostic. If all this sounds too complicated then try another XP disk to be sure that's not the problem, and a shop can run the other diagnostics.

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#2
August 17, 2011 at 09:53:56
I Have made a copy of the xp install disc and get the same problemswith that disc

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#3
August 17, 2011 at 13:14:33
This issue has been covered dozens & dozens of times before. XP doesn't natively support SATA so you're going to have to create a new XP disc with the SATA drivers slipstreamed into it.

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