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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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CD/R DVD/R

by C F USA In reply to Hmm

To my knowledge it doesnt matter, I have seen both used.

As far as checking to see if the computer is set up to boot from CD, hit F2 (or whatever button appears on startup of the pc) and enter your bios and check your boot options.

Concerning the replacement CD's from HP, they may or may not have them. One of my clients could not order them, they no longer sold them. They were able to purchase a set made by someone else offline. I would advise that if you did have to purchase from another source, scan them first :)

Best of Luck!

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HP, Dell, etc provide rebuild discs for a reason

by Deadly Ernest In reply to I need help!!! =[

that reason being they often have critical information and drivers on a hidden partition of the hard drive or they have special hardware for which the drivers aren't generally available and the build needs that specific configuration and drivers on the rebuild disc. General MS Windows discs often do not work on HP, Dells, etc. unless you remove all partitions before you repartition and reformat the drive - all partitions. If any data is on the system, us a Linux live CD live Knoppix or Small Linux or any Linux system to get access and copy the data off before you do anything.

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You might need to do a complete format for this to work....

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to I need help!!! =[

So click on here and download Killdisk:
http://www.killdisk.com/
This will take upto four hours to do a full format of your drive. After it has finished, load on your disk, if you still having problems then try another CD/DVD drive to run it from, get an External one, these are pretty good and cheap.

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