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I need help!!! =[

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I need help!!! =[

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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Yup

The Scummy One
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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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Jacky Howe
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a concern for me. You only need one glitch and your hosed.

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Jacky Howe
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if you have a working copy until it's needed. It's a real catch 22.

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The Scummy One
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accidents happen.
An accidental scratch :0
a poor quality disk :0

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boxfiddler Moderator
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I buy an OS disk, hunt down the drivers if I can't get a disk with the machine, 'own' the software I run, therefore having install disks for it.

Saved my *** a couple times running this way.

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Jacky Howe
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proprietary Systems full stop. To pinch a phrase, I roll my own.

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boxfiddler Moderator
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Except with laptops. Don't even wanna fiddle in them dinky spaces.

First time a lappie goes down though, I **** away the recovery partition and build what I want with it software wise at any rate.

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The Scummy One
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I built my own. However, I decided to have everything all in 1 place, not spending nights hunting down drivers/warranties, etc..

Less than 3 months went by and I had the bug to build a system -- however not the cash

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Jacky Howe
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proprietary Systems passed over to me and I've worked on a few over the years. I find that they have just enough grunt to operate. They always seem to have a low wattage PSU and an insufficient amount of RAM. The chipset is a lucky dip as well.

I've also found that it may not always be cheaper but I end up with a kick@ss System. That is until it's outdated.