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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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ThumbsUp2
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... the reader is bad (try another CD/DVD ROM) or even that the particular media you used to burn the ISO can't be read by that particular reader? Happens all the time!

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Ed Woychowsky
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Get a Linux Live CD and see if you can boot off of that. If you can then ThumbsUp2 is right.

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OldER Mycroft
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Don't you have to burn the ISO to GET a Linux Live CD?

He'd be burning it onto the same media stock.

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NickNielsen Moderator
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He can "get" (meaning "obtain") the Live CD of his choice from http://www.linuxcd.org/.

If he's willing to pay and wait, that is... :)

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OldER Mycroft
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Well now, - THAT is clever.

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NickNielsen Moderator
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What surprises me is that, as a business model, it appears to be successful.

Who knew?

BTW, I DO like the new avatar. Things looking Up for you?

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OldER Mycroft
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You're the first peer to spot what the avatar is, in terms of where I lifted it from.

A 78-year-old hero seemed rather apt, for my brain.

Well done!

That calls for a change in my expression!

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NickNielsen Moderator
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I happen to like animated movies.
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It also happens that I saw the trailer the other day.

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boxfiddler Moderator
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I never get a good burn. I gave up. I order them for about $3 apiece. Yahoo. Less aggravation, cheap.

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OldER Mycroft
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Honestly - one hundred and one Thumbs and you can't burn a decent disc??!!