My goal is to get my computer working. But after having lost access to this triple boot (Win2000,WIn2000,WinXP) computer and after spending two-three weeks unsuccessfully trying to fix the problem(s), I'm focusing now on simply getting one OS working because I need the computer ASAP.. After I get it working, then I can come back and ask for help with the other access problems.
The current issue: I installed WinXp sp3, and it wasn't working right, and the main problems were the inability to install the drivers for the network adapter(ethernet card), and the fact that the CD/DVD player recorder works in DOS but not in Windows. So I came here because I wanted to remove this installation and start again with a different one. Since it looks like I can't do that easily, I tried installing a different version (sp2) over this one and it installed ok but the main problems (mentioned below) remain.
1. When I try to install drivers for the network adapter the installation starts and then stops with this error message:
"an error occurred during the installation of the device" "access is denied". I didn't know what this meant, so I went to Local Security Policy (from Control Panel) but couldn't open that folder ("mmc cannot open the file H:\Windows\System32\secpol.msc) even though I could open all the other Administrative Tools folders. I eventually found I could open it using "Run As....Administrator". Under User Rights Assignment, Load and Unload Device Drivers is set for "Administrators". Which is how I'm logged in. But that's as far as I've gotten, I'm over my head with this problem. Any suggestions?
2. The CD/DVD unit works in DOS, and in WinXP it's recognized in Device Manager and under Properties everything is working fine and the driver(s) are installed. But when I put a loaded disk in and try to view it from My Computer, I'll get a window with a Z: heading, but nothing in the window. I've tried many times with different disks and always the same result. I've tried to view the disk using ZTree, but it gives me an "invalid timestamp parameter " error. I tried CDRoller on the disk and get the error " unknown file system" . This is on a disk that I've used fifty times in the last two weeks to boot up this computer and to run miniXP. I know it's a normal disk with a working file system. But when I'm running this WinXP I get these error messages and a blank window. What could be causing this type of problem?