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Old 08-26-2005, 02:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I understand alot about computers, but this has got me..

I recently purchased a Refurbished Computer for my brother, the system specs are 250mb ram, 20gb harddrive, pentium3 1ghz processor, cdrom and the usual..

I have legal copies of Windows 98se, windows xp home, windows xp pro;

they all work fine on my computer but once i pop them into my brothers they fail to boot most of the time, sometimes they boot and even if i change the boot order they still sometimes fail - when they eventually do boot i accept the T&C of windows, set my drive partitions and then it loads all the files for the GUI and Mouse support installation, after this the pc says rebooting in 15 seconds - after allowing to reboot it just keeps restarting over and over again and i dont even see no sign of windows, but if i go to install again it tells me windows is there - my pc just wont access it, even through safe mode - ive tried a boot floppy and all i get is I/O error, replace disk.
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Sounds like a bad hard drive.
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Old 08-26-2005, 03:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Anyone else experienced this?
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All 3 of the OS is doing this? Let me ask do you have 3 OS installed and trying to dual boot or something?
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My impression of his post is that no operating system will install, and when he slaves the drive into his working pc it isn't recognized.
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no, no operating systems will load - i need a fresh install on the pc, it formats the drive how i want it, it loads all the files needed for setup and then just constantly reloads without going to the setup.
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go to www.bootdisk.com and download a windows 98 bootdisk. Boot from it and run FDISK, delete partitions, create new partions, format, then try again with the windows cd.
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All 3 of the OS is doing this?????????????? thats what i want to know. Which one is doing it.
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All 3 of the OS is doing this?????????????? thats what i want to know. Which one is doing it.
xp home does this, xp pro refuses to boot, so does 98
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If you could boot into one of the XP cd and go into recovery console and do chkdsk and see if it gives any error report

You could do chkdsk /? for specific parameters.
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