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Posted 08 November 2009 - 04:39 AM
First question...who put your system together (Dell, Gateway, HP, etc.) and what is the model number?
<<Used the Tweak Hound website tutorial for installing XP properly.>>
How did you install MCE? I thought that most/if not all MCE systems came with it preinstalled, with most using a recovery partition to give users the opportunity of returning the system to initial functionality.
Do you have an owner's manual for your system...that details the types of corrective action you might be able to take on that system?
Posted 08 November 2009 - 05:38 AM
Throughout this whole process, did you ever format and install the OS. If not, then try it. This solves 99 percent of software problems, because it seems the problem is software based.
Posted 08 November 2009 - 06:21 AM
MCE 2005 was finally released as a retail product a few years back. For nearly 4 years IIRC, it was available only via OEMs due to microsofts restrictive license and hardware requirements for the 02 version.
Endless drive activity light CAN mean something on the ide chain is buggered. I did not see whether your using sata or ide, but often ide cd or dvd drives can go "a little bit bad" and screw up any master /slave devices connected to them.
Sata drives have another very different set of clues.
It sure can be software, and a dizzying array of it can go horribly wrong, but testing the hardware first can save some headaches.
The tool I use the most is a simple ubuntu linux live cd. It loads entirely in memory and does not write to the drive, but it mounts it so you can see what's on there. If it fails to install, you have hardware faults of some sort. Memtest 86 is also on the main menu.
If it cannot mount the drive, then you may have a bad drive or ide function on the mainboard.
There are more esoteric uses and tools on there but just seeing if it will install is a quick and dirty way to eliminate nagging doubts about your hardware. It is free and is a downloadable ISO image. Find it with google.
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