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#1 Peteszt

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Posted 29 March 2008 - 06:39 AM

I have this same problem. I set partitions for installing XP the setup copies the files, restarts and says error loading operating system.

I have tried:
Taking out 1 of 2 RAM sticks
Updating BIOS
Swapping CD ROM drives for install
Used a different XP installation disc

The BIOS detects both HD and CD-R
There is only 1 IDE port on the MOBO so its running the CD ROM and Hard Drive through one cable, its awkwardly wired but iv done this before and it works so im presuming this isnt the problem. Jumpers are set correctly for master and slave. The ribbon cable end is going to the Hard Drive MASTER and the middle end of the ribbon cable is going to the SLAVE CD ROM.

The PSU is 400W running an Athalon X2 4200+, 2 gigs of ram, 160gb hd, 1 dvd rw, an ATI x700
Dont spose this is related in any way.

No idea what else to try, has anyone got any suggestions?

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Posted 29 March 2008 - 08:07 AM

Using a generic xp disk

1. make sure the ide hard drive is set for the 2nd boot device in bios/turn off sata

2. delete the primary partition, recreate it and slow format from the cd, this will set that partition active

3. if that doesn't work? what is the motherboard brand and model number
reusing an old pata drive in a newer computer?

Edited by DaChew, 29 March 2008 - 08:08 AM.

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Posted 29 March 2008 - 08:15 AM

Yeh iv tried a slow format and it gave me the same problem =/
The hd is also set to 2nd boot device SATA is marked as Not Detected in BIOS

Yeh my Dad needed an upgrade so iv changed everything really apart from the hard drive and psu.

its an ASUS M2R32 - MVP

Many thanks

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Posted 29 March 2008 - 09:40 AM

2. delete the primary partition


formatting does not make the partition active?

or hook the drive in a windows xp computer and look at it with disk management

you can install windows 100 times on an inactive partition and it will never boot

leave it to microsoft

Edited by DaChew, 29 March 2008 - 09:44 AM.

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Posted 29 March 2008 - 02:20 PM

From what I read, it's an indication of a BIOS error recognizing the hard drive.

It won't hurt to double-check BIOS recognition of both drives.

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Posted 29 March 2008 - 05:52 PM

As a general rule, an error loading the OS message is usually related to MBR problems - either a problem with the disk, with the file structure on it, or with the MBR itself.
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Posted 30 March 2008 - 07:09 AM

I wouldnt know what to change in BIOS, but iv updated from USB stick. All the boot priorities are correct.
When i start the format, i delete the primary partition and create a new one.

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Posted 30 March 2008 - 07:54 AM

When i start the format, i delete the primary partition and create a new one.


This is with the CD booting the computer you are loading, right?

If so sounds like a hardware problem? Check the hard drive with a diagnostic? Try another disk? Another cd drive
other cables? and then there's memory or a weak powersupply
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Posted 30 March 2008 - 10:24 AM

Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp. - http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287#samsung

Hard Drive Installation and Diagnostic Tools - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/

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