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XP plus SP2 reload / reformat

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#1 Munson


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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.

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#2 sundavis


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Posted 25 March 2012 - 06:30 PM

Normally we reset/reload Bios after replacing a New HDD in the old system to ensure the machine will be in the full working order. For more info: Here and Here.

After that, you need to check if any drivers were missing via Device Manager. If everything goes well, update your service pack accordingly.

#3 akoch


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Posted 26 March 2012 - 12:27 PM

Personally -- if I was faced with that situation the first thing I would do is try different installation media. If you know someone with an XP CD (sp2 or 3 perferably) I would attempt that.

Resetting the CMOS really shouldn't really influence whats happening, and considering the age of the system, I'd be willing to bet you'd have trouble finding a BIOS update.

Additionally, like sundavis said, make sure all proper device drivers are installed prior to installing SP2 (you must really have an old disc) to eliminate that as a speculation.

Good luck!

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