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Can Not Install Windows Xp Home


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#1 kobaltic

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 10:37 AM

I had some problems with Xp. My computer froze when I updated to the latest nvidia drivers and had SP 2 or 3 installed. I formatted in hopes of solving the problem. Now I can not install XP at all.

It goes through the install, after the first reboot, XP then starts over the install. When I select the partition again it says there is already a version of XP installed and warns about multi boot OSs on the same partition. If I try to boot to it my computer says improper boot device please replace and hit any key. I tried install this on 2 different IDE on 4 different SATA drives and my SATA Raid 0 config. It all does the same thing. It is just in an endless loop? I have reset the cmos and even replaced my battery. Any thoughts?

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Pent. D 830 in running in dual core
Asus p5n32-sli deluxe Mobo (lastes bios but it is a beta)
1 gig kingston hyper X ram in Dual Channel
2 BioStar 8600 gt running in sli
Audigy 2 plat. sound card
4 western Digital 7200 rpm 8 mb cache (raid O Sata)
2 40 gig 7200 rpm 8 mb cache IDE (not usually installed but used for testing)
550 watt antec power supply
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Posted 23 March 2008 - 11:22 AM

Delete all existing partitions on that drive...then do a clean install.

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 11:25 AM

I delete all of them everytime I try to re-install. No luck though.

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 11:38 AM

Try wiping the hdd with a utility like Active@Kill Disk.

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 01:58 PM

I wiped it a couple of times.

I decided to try to install over top of the 1st install.
When I do I notice it says about changing the folder for the install. It lists the hard drive as A:

It shows it as this: a:\windows

I can change the folder but not the drive letter. When I do the install it does say c: drive but after the reboot it claims to be the a: drive and it won't boot.

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 02:12 PM

try wiping the drive before you reinstall windows
Boot And Nuke can wipe the drive for you

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 06:36 PM

Sounds to me like your media is awry or illegitimate.

I've never seen any version of Windows on a CD boot to an A: prompt. Since Win 98, no version of Windows has required a boot disk (which did boot to an A: prompt).

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