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Older Puter Won't Start Up

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#1 printboy67


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Posted 03 November 2006 - 06:41 PM

Hello Board,

I am hoping that someone out there can help me. My buddy gave me an older P3 450 custom built puter. I want to set it up for my neice so she can do her homework and use the net for info. Here is the problem. The hard drive went bad so there is a new 30 gig drive istalled. I started the installation of XP home and when it restarted after the first set of files it now won't go past the initial start up sequence. The video card info pops up and then the bios, mem test, plug and play bios, and the hard drive, after that it just stops.

Any sugjestions?

Printboy67 :thumbsup:

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#2 Walkman


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Posted 03 November 2006 - 09:57 PM

This may be a long shot, but it has happened to me before. It's possible your new hard drive is defective. But let's give it the benefit of the doubt for now.

Although you may not want to do this, but since you haven't ran anything on the computer yet, it may be a good idea to start from scratch again. Meaning, repartition and reformat the hd again, and do another install of your os. If the problem still exist, then you may have a motherboard issue. And then again, it could be your BIOS. It's hard to tell right now, but do the dreaded act, and redo your setup again, and post back here if nothing changes.

Then again, another install is my opinion, because your OS software could be defective.

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