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Posted 12 February 2008 - 10:05 PM
Posted 12 February 2008 - 10:09 PM
Posted 12 February 2008 - 10:10 PM
was the hard drive showing any signs of problems before you started reloading it?
no overheating problems? memory ones?
Edited by TheGrayNobleman, 12 February 2008 - 10:10 PM.
Posted 12 February 2008 - 10:20 PM
Posted 12 February 2008 - 10:24 PM
I am curious how you could get a ntdrl missing when formatting a drive? Kind of indicates there's something still on the drive?
Boot sector w/ recovery partition? was there a command at bios bootup to recover?
The computers I have reloaded with generic xp, I let the xp cd delete all partitions, are you sure you got them all?
Posted 12 February 2008 - 10:31 PM
Posted 12 February 2008 - 10:37 PM
what does the xp cd show about the drives when you boot to it?
will the computer still die after 5 minutes if you are in bios?
I hope it's not hardware? I really liked the dual 80 gig HP laptop I worked on last month. It had come with xp pro?
Posted 13 February 2008 - 09:09 AM
Posted 13 February 2008 - 08:28 PM
If it's an OEM version of XP Home, it expects to NOT find another hard drive.
I would temporarily disconnect that second hard drive and try the install with just the boot drive and the optical drive, just to remove unnecessary possible factors.
XP won't install until you fix the hard drive problems...manufacturers' diagnostics are available at respective hard drive websites. You can do low-level format and long check of drive. Do long check first.
Then use XP Home CD to format/install.
Posted 13 February 2008 - 09:03 PM
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