Posted 25 March 2012 - 01:49 PM
Hello all, new user, not an expert or even a hobbyist. Have an aging but very reliable Gateway that has served me very well for email, internet, basic stuff. Original Seagate 40G drive failed, had bad sectors, was able to recover data with help of pro. I can't afford to replace the unit nor put any bucks in to it - it's not worth it. However, I stumpled across 2 Samsung 80G HDs, free. They came out of little used analog DVRS.
Had them reformatted to NTFS, installed one and went thru reformatting process with supplied Gateway CDs. Note that over the years I had reformmatted the system several times, successfully downloading SP2, from Microsoft and recently from 3rd. party providers, and subsequent XP upgrades from Microsoft.
The reformat and reloading proceeds perfectly until I download SP2. It installs in its time consuming pace. Upon completion and reboot, windows starts, then goes to the black and white screen of FAILURE. Something to the effect of "Windows has encountered a problem" and gives me options to resart in Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, Last known good configuration, or start normally. It won't open windows with any option. My only recourse is open in Safe mode and uninstall SP2, after which system boots to original XP Windows
I have original XP Product Key, even went in to registry to confirm after 3rd attempt and failure.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated, Thanks.