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#1 Flaxtelios

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 01:46 AM

Hey guys I was away for a while, and... now I'm back, :flowers:
Anyways I got a new problem and I'm hoping one of you wise people
here can help me solve it once more.

Well I found my recovery disks for windows XP,
the computer I'm doing the install on is Compaq (the model is SR1520NX).
I'm install Windows XP sp2

Most things run smoothly (when i run the recovery disks it moves to
Compaq PC recovery which I assume is normal).

However the problem is when copying the files during the installation
several files often pop up such as COPY.MSI saying it cannot copy
and I have to options to (abort, Retry or ignore), which I believe causes problems in the installation.
IF I chose to ignore/skip it, after reaching 100% (sorry if i'm not being clear here)
It repeatedly copies all the files again.. I've seen that happen four times with no end result.

I'm looking for guidance and ... basically just what to do.
That computer is the main computer that I use for... mainly everything
so I'm looking to get it fixed asap.

Thanks for your attention.

I don't believe the CDs are at fault here since I have done this once before (a long time ago though.)
There are two recovery disks if that helps (but that's probably normal as well :thumbsup:)

As well, there have been several problems with this computer previously,
not only being infected with malware (which is hopefully removed) so if you decide
that information is of any use please ask and i would love to tell you all about it.

Edited by Flaxtelios, 10 February 2009 - 01:54 AM.

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#2 tony007

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 02:45 PM

I have had this problem before I fixed it by going herehttp://www.metacafe.com/watch/506140/clean_any_scratched_cd_or_dvd_with_ease/ it is most probably a dirty cd or a cd wityh scratches.

#3 Flaxtelios

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 06:52 PM

Haha that looks quite cool, I'll try it, it's worth a shot.
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Posted 10 February 2009 - 07:21 PM

No such luck :/ The disks still work infact they're minty fresh but still the same problem.
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Posted 10 February 2009 - 07:34 PM

Are you trying this on a freshly formatted hard drive?

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 07:36 PM

By freshly formatted you mean... ? what the disk does in the beginning? If not, then this is a computer I've used
before with XP built in, i'm using the recovery disks I made with the computer when I first got it.

I'm not quite sure what you mean =P

Edited by Flaxtelios, 10 February 2009 - 07:36 PM.

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 07:36 PM

Why are you reinstalling the OS? Have you made any hardware changes since reformatting?
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Posted 10 February 2009 - 07:38 PM

By freshly formatted you mean... ? what the disk does in the beginning? If not, then this is a computer I've used
before with XP built in, i'm using the recovery disks I made with the computer when I first got it.

I'm not quite sure what you mean =P


I mean did you format the hard drive with something other than your recovery disks. Like with and Fdisk command from booting off a floppy.

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 07:38 PM

I don't believe there have been any hardware changes.
Well for one, window installers don't work no matter even after upgrading,
I can't disk frag, I was infected with Malware and wanted a clean start.
It's also just to wipe everything from my computer and start with a clean slate.
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Posted 10 February 2009 - 07:41 PM

AT Gtk48, I haven't format the hard drive with anything other than the recovery disks
All I did was insert the recovery disks and now... My computer can't boot up cause NTLDR
is missing and that's because I believe I stopped the installation half-way.
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Posted 10 February 2009 - 07:51 PM

AT Gtk48, I haven't format the hard drive with anything other than the recovery disks
All I did was insert the recovery disks and now... My computer can't boot up cause NTLDR
is missing and that's because I believe I stopped the installation half-way.


Then you are not doing a clean install. If all you are missing is the MBR or Boot.ini try the following:

Sample Boot.ini File
This is a sample of a default Boot.ini file from a Windows XP Professional computer.
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
This is a sample of the above Boot.ini file with a previous installation of Windows 2000 on a separate partition.
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect


http://support.microsoft.com/kb/289022

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 10:42 PM

Ah thanks, I just didn't know the proper term then.

Also Could you dumb down or repost the actual method I should use?
I don't quite understand which one I should use. On the link you give me.
As well, what you posted, I have no idea what I should do with that. :thumbsup:

Edited by Flaxtelios, 10 February 2009 - 10:53 PM.

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 07:44 AM

However the problem is when copying the files during the installation
several files often pop up such as COPY.MSI saying it cannot copy
and I have to options to (abort, Retry or ignore), which I believe causes problems in the installation.
IF I chose to ignore/skip it, after reaching 100% (sorry if i'm not being clear here)
It repeatedly copies all the files again.. I've seen that happen four times with no end result.


A failing hard drive or RAM could be the problem. Run Memtest from a floppy, CD, or USB key to test your RAM.

http://www.memtest.org/#downiso

Download the appropriate utility to test your hard drive from the manufacturer.


Of course the problem could still be the optical drive or the installation media, but test the RAM and HDD first.

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 10:05 AM

How do I set up the usb key? I tried running it (unzipped) on the usb but it didn't work.
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Posted 15 February 2009 - 09:59 AM

How do I set up the usb key? I tried running it (unzipped) on the usb but it didn't work.



Burn the ISO to CD on a computer other than your own.

http://www.memtest.org/download/2.11/memtest86+-2.11.iso.zip




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