XP Install Problem?


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Walter Goldschmidt

I have an old old computer I got from my niece that I'm trying to install a
new copy of XP Professional on. Originally it had ME on it. 512 MB of ram.
Pentium III 733 MHz/133 MHz processor. 19 GB hard drive. I used a program
called KillDisk to wipe the hard drive clean. It wrote zero's to the hard
drive and also removed all partitions. It asked BOOT SECTOR WRITE!! VIRUS:
Continue (Y/N)? I chose Y and everything seemed to go OK. When I then put
the XP Install disk in the CD drive I had to partition it and format it. I
tried formating both FAT32 and NTFS file systems. When XP was installing it
went fine until it had only 13 minutes left to go and I got the BSOD and it
said I should Disable the memories Caching or Shadowing. I assume I do this
in setup but this computers setup did not have that option. I tried
altogether about six times to install XP from 3 separate disks and the
following time when it got to 13 minutes left the computer froze up. I only
got the BSOD the first time the rest of the installs locked up at 13
minutes. I even tried installing an old copy of ME but when it started
installing it it asked me BOOT SECTOR WRITE!! VIRUS: Continue (Y/N)? and
when I tried pressing Y and N nothing happened as if the key board wasn't
working which I know it was because at bootup I was able to press F12 to
boot to the CD drive. Do you think it's just an old wore out computer with
some kind of hardware or setup problem? Maybe bad ram?

Walt
 
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Eric

I have an old old computer I got from my niece that I'm trying to installa
new copy of XP Professional on. Originally it had ME on it. 512 MB of ram..
Pentium III 733 MHz/133 MHz processor. 19 GB hard drive. I used a program
called KillDisk to wipe the hard drive clean. It wrote zero's to the hard
drive and also removed all partitions. It asked BOOT SECTOR WRITE!!  VIRUS:
Continue (Y/N)? I chose Y and everything seemed to go OK. When I then put
the XP Install disk in the CD drive I had to partition it and format it. I
tried formating both FAT32 and NTFS file systems. When XP was installing it
went fine until it had only 13 minutes left to go and I got the BSOD and it
said I should Disable the memories Caching or Shadowing. I assume I do this
in setup but this computers setup did not have that option. I tried
altogether about six times to install XP from 3 separate disks and the
following time when it got to 13 minutes left the computer froze up. I only
got the BSOD the first time the rest of the installs locked up at 13
minutes. I even tried installing an old copy of ME but when it started
installing it it asked me  BOOT SECTOR WRITE!!  VIRUS: Continue (Y/N)? and
when I tried pressing Y and N nothing happened as if the key board wasn't
working which I know it was because at bootup I was able to press F12 to
boot to the CD drive. Do you think it's just an old wore out computer with
some kind of hardware or setup problem? Maybe bad ram?

Walt

There's some information on doing disabling or caching or shadowing
at:

http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/topic/71919/

and:

http://www.allpostnews.co.uk/ii18/How disable bios memory options.php

It sounds like all you've used for repairing this drive is this
killdisk utility? You could try repartioning the the drive using a
DOS floppy and FDISK you might want to try to do a FORMAT /MBR to
clean the master boot record on the drive.

-Eric
 

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