Problem with xp install

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January 1, 2009 at 16:30:36
Specs: windows xp, 1.7ghtz AMD, 512mb RAM

I had a hard drive crash on an old machine. Attempted to re-install xp home. The computer goes to "copy files" to my hard drive and during this process, I frequently get "cannot copy file" messages. I retry and sometimes it works, other times not. This can be any file. Very random and it's not always the same file. I figured it was the disk at first, so I borrowed an xp pro disk. Same thing happened. I tried a hacked version of xp home and a hacked version of xp pro. Same problem. All these disks were free of scratches and have worked fine on other computers. I figured the hard drive was bad. I replaced the hard drive. Same problem. I just replaced the IDE cable thinking perhaps that was it. Same problem. I'm at a loss here. Anyone have any suggestions? I'm running a custom made system. AMD/Athlon xp 1.7ghtz CPU, 512MB PC2700 RAM, 400watt Power supply. Thanks in advance.


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January 1, 2009 at 17:17:06
Have you tried cleaning the CD drive? Or, try another drive.

"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 1, 2009 at 17:17:54
RAM can cause that error to happen too.

Try running memtest from a boot disk.

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January 1, 2009 at 17:19:57
Memory test
There is a version to create a bootable floppy diskette and/or an ISO for creating a CD.
Run the test for an hour or two (at least).

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January 1, 2009 at 19:35:12
I too would bet it's a bad stick of memory.

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