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Cannot re-install OS on Compaq Presario sr1403wm


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#1 geno368

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 10:32 AM

I am trying to re-format my hard drive with my original HP XP Home SP2 cd. It loads the files and then it shows" windows is starting". Then it goes back to the boot
automatically and starts the install again. I have tested the hd with a re-generator and checked the 1GB ram, motherboard. All shows good.
my OE cd is sp2 that I am using...it is a 160g Western Digital pata drive. The bios is set to boot from cd first and hdd second. I also swapped out the optical drive
to eliminate that possibility. I made a copy of the OS cd and tried that as well.
Be advised that I checked the hd integrity with a hard disk re-generator program and it tested ok. I also used mem test 86 and ran it for 30 min with no errors.
On this last try, I get this error: "error loading operating system" "press any key to reboot cd." but now it won't even boot my cd software. Now it finally is
back to the reboot cycle again. Also, I did a Dariks boot and nuke to get a clean partition.
I attached a usb drive adapter to the removed hd and plugged it into an old laptop. I d/l the WD h/d diagnostics file to my flash drive and ran the tests from
there...the drive test was successful...I would appreciate any suggestions.


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#2 hamluis

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 11:37 AM

Well...the first problem that I see...is that you have a Compaq system...which means recovery/restore mechanisms, not a MS Genuine XP install CD.

Read Carefully.

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Edited by hamluis, 22 September 2011 - 11:38 AM.


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Posted 22 September 2011 - 01:08 PM

You didnt test the drive with the Western Digital diagnostics.
Thats the program that you want to use instead of a re-generator as it is specifically designed for Western Digital drives.
In the beginning there was the command line.

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 04:54 PM

I attached a usb drive adapter to the removed hd and plugged it into an old laptop. I d/l the Western Digital h/d diagnostics file to my flash drive and ran the tests from
there...the drive test was successful...It is a model AV and I also tried a Cavier...same results.




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