XP Repair Installation problem...Black Screen Hang after restart


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Guest

I am trying to fix a bad installation for a friend of mine. At first the
computer would hang at the installing network portion of the GUI phase.

I tried a couple of fixes, and now whenever I restart, the computer hangs at
the black screen after it says restarting setup, the mouse pointer is on the
screen and it is responsive, but the computer won't go past the black screen.

Any help would be great.

Also, I assume I'm going to have to start fresh, but can I still pull this
hard drive and access it as a slave drive on another computer?
 
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Guest

Yes you can 'install' the drive in another computer and do anything you wish,
except boot into Windows.
 
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Colin Barnhorst

If it is an IDE drive, the jumper settings need to be correct for a second
drive. It should be set to slave or cable-select.
 
G

Guest

Ok, got that, but is there any way to salvage the installation?

Also, I;m guessing that the computer I put the drive into needs to be an XP
box as well since the drive is ntfs formatted, correct?

Colin Barnhorst said:
If it is an IDE drive, the jumper settings need to be correct for a second
drive. It should be set to slave or cable-select.

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Colin Barnhorst [MVP Windows - Virtual Machine]
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Aidanpryde18 said:
I am trying to fix a bad installation for a friend of mine. At first the
computer would hang at the installing network portion of the GUI phase.

I tried a couple of fixes, and now whenever I restart, the computer hangs
at
the black screen after it says restarting setup, the mouse pointer is on
the
screen and it is responsive, but the computer won't go past the black
screen.

Any help would be great.

Also, I assume I'm going to have to start fresh, but can I still pull this
hard drive and access it as a slave drive on another computer?
 
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Colin Barnhorst

Correct, an ntfs data drive cannot be read by an XP with a fat32 system disk
(c:). However, a fat32 data drive can be read by an XP with an ntfs system
disk.

If you mean by "salvaging the installation" that you want to recover files,
you should be able to do that easily enough. If you mean not have to
reinstall Windows, I would say no. You would remove the old drive, put the
new drive in and install Windows with just the one hard drive mounted, then
shut down and install the second drive. Otherwise the drive letter assigned
to the new installation would likely come out F: or G: or something, but it
would not be C:. That is known as a bad thing.

--
Colin Barnhorst [MVP Windows - Virtual Machine]
(Reply to the group only unless otherwise requested)
Aidanpryde18 said:
Ok, got that, but is there any way to salvage the installation?

Also, I;m guessing that the computer I put the drive into needs to be an
XP
box as well since the drive is ntfs formatted, correct?

Colin Barnhorst said:
If it is an IDE drive, the jumper settings need to be correct for a
second
drive. It should be set to slave or cable-select.

--
Colin Barnhorst [MVP Windows - Virtual Machine]
(Reply to the group only unless otherwise requested)
Aidanpryde18 said:
I am trying to fix a bad installation for a friend of mine. At first the
computer would hang at the installing network portion of the GUI phase.

I tried a couple of fixes, and now whenever I restart, the computer
hangs
at
the black screen after it says restarting setup, the mouse pointer is
on
the
screen and it is responsive, but the computer won't go past the black
screen.

Any help would be great.

Also, I assume I'm going to have to start fresh, but can I still pull
this
hard drive and access it as a slave drive on another computer?
 

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