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    could I be having a bios problem?

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    by timwireless ·

    A friend needed me to fix his computer that would’nt load windows, it perform’s post as required and gives options for booting windows XP but after trying to select all options it still wont boot, so I opted to format but could’nt format, I replaced the hard disk but still would’nt accept,any one with a solution will be highly appreciated (both hard disk functions properly in another system)

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    • #2814264

      Clarifications

      by timwireless ·

      In reply to could I be having a bios problem?

      Clarifications

    • #2814262

      Did you try different Hard drive cables or

      by darryl~ ·

      In reply to could I be having a bios problem?

      did you use the existing cables?

    • #2814224

      Are you using a laptop or Tower computer?….NT

      by peconet tietokoneet ·

      In reply to could I be having a bios problem?

      ..

    • #3026338

      Check these items

      by markp24 ·

      In reply to could I be having a bios problem?

      You may want to check the jumpers on the hard drive (cable select, master vs slave)
      If your using a SATA hard drive, the Bios may have an option for ACPI mode vs compatibility mode.
      Check the default boot device in the bios.
      I would say fix the MBR , but since you state it works fine in another computer, im not so sure that would be an issue.

      please post more information aboutwhat the hardware is.

    • #3026332

      Does the term Field Replacable Unit mean anything to you?

      by smartacew0lf ·

      In reply to could I be having a bios problem?

      How about the term, “known working field replacable unit”? Asking only because of the hard lessons I had to learn on more than one occasion of the critical importance of the 2 terms in what is PC Troubleshooting 101.

    • #3026284

      Check the RAM

      by thechas ·

      In reply to could I be having a bios problem?

      Windows can be very picky about installed RAM.

      Even RAM that passes POST can cause errors where Windows will not load or install.

      Reseat all the RAM, and while your at it, make sure that at least pairs of RAM modules match. If in doubt, replace some or all RAM.

      You did not state the system or version of XP. There is a known issue with some Intel CPUs and Windows XP service Pack 2. Check out this link for more details.

      http://aumha.net/viewtopic.php?t=7447

      The last time I ran into this, I ended up installing XP Gold, then SP1 and went straight to SP3.

      Please post specific details of the won’t install and the system if you need further assistance.

      Chas

      • #3026120

        the system is xp service pack 2 version 2002

        by timwireless ·

        In reply to Check the RAM

        but tried XP version 2006 and it didn,t install instead brought up a blue screen which I didn,t quite understand

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