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I need help!!! =[

By throwbak ·
Hello... Im trying to reformat my step dads computer. It has windows XP, which was recently reformatted off of a partition located on the computer. The partition, I believe, was corrupted at 1 time, and gives multiple errors dealing with the SVCHost and other critical processes. Instead of trying to fix this, I figured lets try reformattin from a boot disc.

So I went ahead and got a windows XP boot disc, with SP2 already installed.. burnt it... And tried to use it.

The result :
Restarted the computer, inserted the disc, and set the computer up to boot from disc. It doesn't do anything, except sit on a black screen and it has a blinking underscore. I let the computer sit for about 15 minutes like this.

I know the Boot disc works, as I recently used the EXACT same disc(Same disc i burned...) to reformat/reinstall windows xp on another machine. The machine with the working XP runs perfectly fine, and I had no problems with installation.

Its like the boot disc is trying to boot, but fails with no kind of error reporting. Please Help.. =[

PS. The system specs are below for the computer that won't boot(Let me know if you need more information)...

HP Pavilion - AMD Athlon XP 3200+ 2.2GHZ processor. Currently has Windows XP Home Edition(32-bit of course).

Tried using a Windows XP Professional 32-bit iso file, which I already said, worked on another desktop(A Dell optiplex).

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"burnt it... And tried to use it." ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to I need help!!! =[

So right off, from the very start, we have a suspect install disc.

What do you mean you "got a windows XP boot disc, with SP2 already installed.. burnt it... And tried to use it." - Why don't you have the disc that came with the machine?

Also "Restarted the computer, inserted the disc, and set the computer up to boot from disc." ~ This is all arse over t|t. If you restart the PC and THEN put the install disc in, it'll NEVER boot from it.

I'm curious as to why your are trying to install from an ISO of a boot disc that came from somewhere, rather than using the bespoke install disc that came with the computer?

You cannot have a common install disc and just go around willy-nilly installing with it whenever and wherever you choose to. I dare say you cannot even declare that this ISO is a genuine installer.

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indeed.. but...

by throwbak In reply to "[i]burnt it... And tried ...

HP doesn't include discs with thier computers, instead they have Parition(usally d:/, called recovery).. And as I stated it was currupted before formatting came up.

And the 'common disc' that you are referring to is a Windows XP boot disc MADE from another XP machine. I do know it works, because <b>I installed it(The EXACT SAME DISC) on another machine with no problems</b>... Thus meaning(at least to me) that it works...

And by the 'REstarted computer.. then inserted disc..' It wasn't the order I did it.. I restarted, inserted, booted up from C:, Then restarted again WITH disc in the drive...

If the installation disc was the problem, I would of never posted here(I'm a hobbiest programmer.. So I know most common troubleshooting methods). Thats why I came for help...

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by The Scummy One In reply to indeed.. but...

you say that you created a boot disk (xp) from another XP system -- this wouldnt be the OS disk for the other system would it?

If so, I dont think that it will work.

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Have you tried

by Jacky Howe In reply to I need help!!! =[

reloading the OS from the Recovey Partition.

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I dont think it works

by The Scummy One In reply to Have you tried

the recovery partition on my HP system is for diagnostics AND to allow (in Windows) to create the install disks

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So

by Jacky Howe In reply to I dont think it works

that would mean that if you didn't create the install disks you are up the creek.

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On the very first boot, an HP unit invites the user ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to So

To create a set of Recovery Discs, which includes the reinstall recovery disc.

I've seen users complain that HP doesn't supply an install disc, then when I ask them if they made a recovery disc on their initial boot they mumble something about "Yeah I saw that screen come up but just ignored it..."

That's the usual response which usually ellicits a gasp of despair from me.

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It does it again 2 weeks later

by The Scummy One In reply to On the very first boot, a ...

if it was not made

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Yep

by Jacky Howe In reply to On the very first boot, a ...

I know that feeling. It's also a bummer when you replace a Hard drive and you get a code purple. That is with the install DVD.

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Yup

by The Scummy One In reply to So

and what is worse -- it only allows 1 set of disks. This almost screwed me previously, because I made the disks, however the second disk wouldnt be read for about 6 tries.

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