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Reinstall XP PRo hangs up at "setup is inspecting...configuration"

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Reinstall XP PRo hangs up at "setup is inspecting...configuration"

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I am trying to reinstall XP Pro on a Vostro 200. The computer was originally purchased with the XP PRo downgrade from Vista. In two previously successful attempts from two other identical machines, they would also hang up, but I flashed the BIOS and actually physically removed the battery from the motherboard to reset it and viola, XP Pro installs smoothly. The newest (third) computer, is wise to my trickery and is not cooperating. All BOIS settings are same as the two successful computers. Any other ideas???
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    Mark2.0

    The computer is moving within the company to a different location and I have always had better luck with those kinds of transfers by reinstalling a fresh copy of XP. When I don't, the computers tend to have all kinds of quirky problems.

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    OldER Mycroft

    Still, each to their own methods I s'pose.

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    LarryD4

    I assume you are using the DELL OS install CD, but which one? I have had issues with the original Dell install CD's hanging on inspecting config, with either the original roll out of XP and XP Sp1. Been using the DELL XP Sp3 CD and haven't had any issues.

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    Mark2.0

    I have tried a Dell OS SP2 and SP3 disks, both of which hang up at the same spot. The Vista Business SP1 OS disk has no problem loading. Not many people here are familiar enough with Vista to use it effectively. We have steered clear of Vista on purpose, and seemingly justifiably so.

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    Kenone

    What exactly do you mean? Is the HDD working? What about the CD? What happens if you eject the CD?

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    Mark2.0

    The "Setup" statement is as far in the install process as XP Pro will go at this point. The HDD has no detected issues and the CD Drive is functioning as well. When I eject the CD in the middle of this process, the CD Drive sounds like it is just barely moving. Its like its trying to read it, but it just doesn't want to. And as I said before, the Vista disk loads just fine. A techie at Dell said once before when I did the first one of these that it was a BIOS problem. I have flashed this one's BIOS to get the most current edition, but to no avail.

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    Who Am I Really

    I've found the majority of the time the COA key on the side of the machine will be accepted by a bare unbranded OEM OS install CD,
    you know the ones that say:
    "For Distribution Only with a new PC"

    I've resorted to restoring machines that way, using an OEM CD and the branded COA Key from the original install,

    the COA key on the side has to match the OS and be the same version;
    OEM XP-Pro will not work with that HP or Dell XP-Home COA stuck to the side of the machine, and generally it needs to be the same service pack or lower on the branded COA key to work with the bare OEM CD.

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    Mark2.0

    I am using the OEM OS disks from Dell for the Dell PC. Because I am not sure if the PC was an original SP2 or SP3, I have tried both and no luck as of yet. I have XP Pro factory installed when they are shipped, so these disks should work. But not yet.

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    Who Am I Really

    I'm talking about the Bare OEM CDs that the local system builder shop uses, and Tiger Direct or Newegg etc. sell with their DIY systems;

    the Dell branded CD has a small piece of code that checks to see if the system is a Dell and then either installs, hangs, or spouts back saying:
    "This is a Dell CD and can only be used with a Dell System"

    if you have a DIY system builder Bare OEM CD windows should install, and without all the Dell Bloatware.

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    OH Smeg

    But I'm not really sure that they will work a=with this machine.

    Sure you had XP Originally Installed but the system originally came with Vista Loaded not XP.

    The problem with Dell Recovery Disc's is that they are not a full version of XP they are a Part Version made for a specific Dell Hardware configuration and if your hardware isn't that configuration they do not work.

    You need a M$ Branded Install Disc here and you may need to slipstream the SATA Drivers to it by using a product like nLite.

    http://www.nliteos.com/download.html

    just be sure to read the directions for use listed under guides here

    http://www.nliteos.com/guide/

    If you have to go to the trouble of making a Install Disc for this system I would add the Sound, Video, LAN Drivers as well as any Service Packs that where released after the XP Install Disc was made.

    With a Slipstreamed Install Disc made by nLite it will perform exactly the same as the Dell Recovery Disc and you can not do a In Place Install With it or use the Repair Option that is the more useful as that is removed from the Files when you add things to the Complete Disc. You can however use the M$ Branded Install Disc to do a Repair Install provided that you do not delete the existing partition as the SATA Drivers will already be present.

    Col

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    Jacky Howe

    one of the good installs. Or swapping a drive over if they are identical to see what happens.

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    Mark2.0

    Why will VISTA load but XP Pro won't? I don't want Vista.

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    OH Smeg

    What exactly are you using here?

    I would try making your own Slipstreamed Image for this system with a M$ OEM Install Disc as apposed to a Dell Recovery Disc and nLite.

    http://www.nliteos.com/download.html

    Just be sure to read the directions listed under Guides on their Web Site here

    http://www.nliteos.com/guide/

    It very much sounds as if there is something missing in the way or a necessary Driver here.

    But personally as you have other computers of this model I would try a Base Image from a Install and use that instead of constantly reloading systems every time that you need to change users. It's just much faster and hence considerably cheaper for the business. Just keep a single Base Image of the HDD and use a Cloning Utility like Acronis True Image to clone from to the computers. Should take about 10 minutes tops and then all you need do is apply any Hot Fixes/Patches that have been released since the Image was made.

    Col

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    Mark2.0

    After weeks of pulling my hair out and cursing profusely, the problem was a KVM switch. The USB KVM was confusing the setup for XP. Plugged the monitor, mouse and keyboard directly into the computer and it worked without incident. Thanks though, to all who commented. I am checking out the Acronis True Image program.

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    Mark2.0

    The computer is moving within the company to a different location and I have always had better luck with those kinds of transfers by reinstalling a fresh copy of XP. When I don't, the computers tend to have all kinds of quirky problems.

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    OldER Mycroft

    Still, each to their own methods I s'pose.

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    LarryD4

    I assume you are using the DELL OS install CD, but which one? I have had issues with the original Dell install CD's hanging on inspecting config, with either the original roll out of XP and XP Sp1. Been using the DELL XP Sp3 CD and haven't had any issues.

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    Mark2.0

    I have tried a Dell OS SP2 and SP3 disks, both of which hang up at the same spot. The Vista Business SP1 OS disk has no problem loading. Not many people here are familiar enough with Vista to use it effectively. We have steered clear of Vista on purpose, and seemingly justifiably so.

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    Kenone

    What exactly do you mean? Is the HDD working? What about the CD? What happens if you eject the CD?

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    Mark2.0

    The "Setup" statement is as far in the install process as XP Pro will go at this point. The HDD has no detected issues and the CD Drive is functioning as well. When I eject the CD in the middle of this process, the CD Drive sounds like it is just barely moving. Its like its trying to read it, but it just doesn't want to. And as I said before, the Vista disk loads just fine. A techie at Dell said once before when I did the first one of these that it was a BIOS problem. I have flashed this one's BIOS to get the most current edition, but to no avail.

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    Who Am I Really

    I've found the majority of the time the COA key on the side of the machine will be accepted by a bare unbranded OEM OS install CD,
    you know the ones that say:
    "For Distribution Only with a new PC"

    I've resorted to restoring machines that way, using an OEM CD and the branded COA Key from the original install,

    the COA key on the side has to match the OS and be the same version;
    OEM XP-Pro will not work with that HP or Dell XP-Home COA stuck to the side of the machine, and generally it needs to be the same service pack or lower on the branded COA key to work with the bare OEM CD.

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    Mark2.0

    I am using the OEM OS disks from Dell for the Dell PC. Because I am not sure if the PC was an original SP2 or SP3, I have tried both and no luck as of yet. I have XP Pro factory installed when they are shipped, so these disks should work. But not yet.

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    Who Am I Really

    I'm talking about the Bare OEM CDs that the local system builder shop uses, and Tiger Direct or Newegg etc. sell with their DIY systems;

    the Dell branded CD has a small piece of code that checks to see if the system is a Dell and then either installs, hangs, or spouts back saying:
    "This is a Dell CD and can only be used with a Dell System"

    if you have a DIY system builder Bare OEM CD windows should install, and without all the Dell Bloatware.

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    OH Smeg

    But I'm not really sure that they will work a=with this machine.

    Sure you had XP Originally Installed but the system originally came with Vista Loaded not XP.

    The problem with Dell Recovery Disc's is that they are not a full version of XP they are a Part Version made for a specific Dell Hardware configuration and if your hardware isn't that configuration they do not work.

    You need a M$ Branded Install Disc here and you may need to slipstream the SATA Drivers to it by using a product like nLite.

    http://www.nliteos.com/download.html

    just be sure to read the directions for use listed under guides here

    http://www.nliteos.com/guide/

    If you have to go to the trouble of making a Install Disc for this system I would add the Sound, Video, LAN Drivers as well as any Service Packs that where released after the XP Install Disc was made.

    With a Slipstreamed Install Disc made by nLite it will perform exactly the same as the Dell Recovery Disc and you can not do a In Place Install With it or use the Repair Option that is the more useful as that is removed from the Files when you add things to the Complete Disc. You can however use the M$ Branded Install Disc to do a Repair Install provided that you do not delete the existing partition as the SATA Drivers will already be present.

    Col

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    Jacky Howe

    one of the good installs. Or swapping a drive over if they are identical to see what happens.

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    Mark2.0

    Why will VISTA load but XP Pro won't? I don't want Vista.

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    OH Smeg

    What exactly are you using here?

    I would try making your own Slipstreamed Image for this system with a M$ OEM Install Disc as apposed to a Dell Recovery Disc and nLite.

    http://www.nliteos.com/download.html

    Just be sure to read the directions listed under Guides on their Web Site here

    http://www.nliteos.com/guide/

    It very much sounds as if there is something missing in the way or a necessary Driver here.

    But personally as you have other computers of this model I would try a Base Image from a Install and use that instead of constantly reloading systems every time that you need to change users. It's just much faster and hence considerably cheaper for the business. Just keep a single Base Image of the HDD and use a Cloning Utility like Acronis True Image to clone from to the computers. Should take about 10 minutes tops and then all you need do is apply any Hot Fixes/Patches that have been released since the Image was made.

    Col

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    Mark2.0

    After weeks of pulling my hair out and cursing profusely, the problem was a KVM switch. The USB KVM was confusing the setup for XP. Plugged the monitor, mouse and keyboard directly into the computer and it worked without incident. Thanks though, to all who commented. I am checking out the Acronis True Image program.