Reloading Win XP

February 7, 2010 at 10:43:10
Specs: Windows XP
Hello everybody, I recently reformatted my hard drive on my Compaq Presario C304NR laptop and I am now having problems trying to reinstall the Win XP OS. When trying to boot from the OEM Win XP CD (tried 3 different ones) the system will either hang during the loading Windows executable files part of the install process or I will get a different Line# error message similar to the following: “Line XXXX of the INF file \i386\txtsetup.sif is invalid Setup cannot continue. Press any key to exit.” I have also tried installing from an OEM Win 98SE CD and seam to always get the following error message: “Unable to Control A20 Line XMS Driver Not Installed. Setup cannot find a high memory MGR and cannot continue” I have tried changing out Memory Sticks and remember now I have no OS currently installed on the Hard Drive. Please advise anyone????

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February 7, 2010 at 10:55:45
When you say oem win xp cd, do you mean the recovery disk that came with the machine? Since a lot of machines like Compaq have a recovery partition, you may have damaged it when you reformatted. You have to use a boot floppy to install 98 se. Do you have a copy of the boot disk? Better yet, do you have a floppy drive.?

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February 7, 2010 at 10:56:26
Is it a compaq oem xp cd? It needs to be.

hopefully you didn't dig the hole deeper messing with the memory. That 98 message means your install wasn't loading himem.sys which is a software memory manager for dos. Nothing to indicated a hardware issue.

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February 7, 2010 at 21:07:59
Did you make sure that your CD drive was set to first in boot order??? If not, when XP install gets to a certain point, it tries to reboot, but once you start installing, your computer thinks it finds an OS on the hard drive and tries to boot to an partially installed OS instead of going back to the CD to continue the install, thereby finding missing files or drivers. Go into your BIOS and set the CD as first in boot order and then try again.

If you are using a recovery disk, the disk must have access to files on the recovery partition, but you probably wiped it when you formatted. You will probably have to try buying an XP disk from HP for your system then (generic XP disks I understand do not work on Compaq and HP computers).

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February 9, 2010 at 04:44:21
O.K. I’m not sure how to reply to each persons reply to my question so; I’m going to just go down the list of responses. “Grasshopper”: I’m trying to use a MS Win XP Pro OEM Gold Disc. The system had Win XP on it to begin with. I was only trying to also see if a MS Win 98SE OEM Disc might get me further. This system does not have a floppy drive but I do have a Win 98SE Boot floppy. “Wanderer”: The only reason I swapped out memory sticks was because I did read up on the “Himem.sys” message and taught that it might have been related to a bad memory stick. “Fingers”: I did go into the BIOS and set the CD drive as the 1st boot device. Any further help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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