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#1 jeverall

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Posted 08 May 2006 - 10:54 PM

Hi :thumbsup:

I have my friends laptop on which Windows was totally screwed up (couldn't get into safe mode or anything).
so I formatted the harddrive, and started re-installing Windows Xp (as I have done a few times before), but everytime it gets to the stage where it starts installing windows, it gets to 34 Minutes , installing devices and hangs. The computer is an NEC Versa c140 Laptop, and I had to format and reinstall windows on it a couple of months ago, but then it worked fine.
At first guess I would say its hardware related, but I'm only guessing. Even if it is how could I go about fixing it on a laptop???
Desktops are much easier to deal with :flowers:

Any help is much appreciated!!

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Posted 09 May 2006 - 02:05 AM

Have you check the memory? Try Memtest86 "A Stand-alone Memory Diagnostic" or MicroSoft's Memory Test. If it is the memory you may be having the data corrupted at install. Also check the fan port to make sure it is not blocked.
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Posted 09 May 2006 - 07:41 AM

Are you using the CD's that came with the computer - or are you using another disk that didn't come with the computer? Some OEM systems are "locked" to the hardware and won't install on other systems (such as Dell).
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Posted 09 May 2006 - 02:53 PM

I had this problem once because of a dirty CD. Check the CD for smudges or scratches or try another CD.

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Posted 09 May 2006 - 05:25 PM

I did also. I used Mother'sŪ Compound to lightly buff the lighter scratches out. I made My LEGAL backup copy and keep both in a double CD jewel case. It's a one trick pony thought. If you over polish it you will damage the surface and it's lost forever.
The first one I tried it on was Windows '95b.
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Posted 16 May 2006 - 05:27 PM

Hi thank you to everyone for all the info! I did try the memory test that you sugested Acklan and the tests said that there wasn't anything wrong with the memory!!
The disk that I am using Usasma is one brought from pc world that didn't come with the laptop, I don't think the laptop is locked because I have installed windows from that cd on it before and it worked ok! Thank you for the info though.
I have checked the cd Magic Mike and there are not scratches or smudges on it. Thank You.

Any other ideas on what might be wrong with it will be really appreciated guys... Thanks

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 05:27 PM

Hi thank you to everyone for all the info! I did try the memory test that you sugested Acklan and the tests said that there wasn't anything wrong with the memory!!
The disk that I am using Usasma is one brought from pc world that didn't come with the laptop, I don't think the laptop is locked because I have installed windows from that cd on it before and it worked ok! Thank you for the info though.
I have checked the cd Magic Mike and there are not scratches or smudges on it. Thank You.

Any other ideas on what might be wrong with it will be really appreciated guys... Thanks

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 07:32 PM

You have to wonder about why the computer was having issues in the first place, and is it related to the problems you are experiencing now?

Googling around I found THIS, THIS and THIS. Hopefully that will help!
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