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Posted 30 September 2014 - 12:57 AM
Posted 30 September 2014 - 08:26 AM
What is the make and model of the computer? If it still has a recovery partition you can do a factory reset. Any software or data added after purchase will be lost.
For not booting usb, make sure USB is the first boot device in BIOS. Some computers have a boot menu key you press at boot. For booting USB, do the following. Make an iso of the XP install CD using Imgburn. Use a slow read speed. When installing Imgburn opt out of any optional software. Then download and run Rufus. Opt out of any update check. Select iso image in the lower dropdown box and click the folder icon next to it. Browse to the XP iso you made. Press start. Any info on the USB drive will be lost.
Edited by hamluis, 30 September 2014 - 10:03 AM.
Posted 01 October 2014 - 10:14 AM
Posted 01 October 2014 - 11:02 AM
You said "Anyway, I got it to run the system restore by hitting F11, which I previouslly hadn't thought to do (I thought it would start automatically, as it says on the disc)". What disk is that? I am not familiar with the factory reset on an emachines. When you tapped F11 at boot, it loaded the emachines retore manager? This was a complete factory reset, correct? If you can get to safe mode download and run Seatools for Windows. Test the disk and see if it passes or fails.
Posted 06 October 2014 - 08:59 PM
Posted 06 October 2014 - 09:30 PM
You can download Seatools for DOS which is a bootable iso and see if the drive passes the tests. That would narrow it down if the hard drive was the problem.
In my post #2 I gave some wrong info. The latest version of Rufus will not create a bootable USB flash drive. I would suggest this and see if your computer runs well with it. Download Puppy 5.7 and use Rufus for creating a bootable USB flash drive. Boot Puppy and play around with it. It resides in RAM and will read from the USB when necessary. If it runs well than it would be an XP issue and not a hardware problem. If you like it, you can get a full linux distro like MINT xfce which should run well on the computer. I would download and install the 32bit version.
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