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Help! Windows XP problem

By fromadiva ·
I have a Dell Dimensions 3000. One day while booting up, all I got was a black screen with command prompt.
I put on my Windows XP CD and now it stalls when it says "Installing Windows" There's a note at the bottom that says "Set up will complete in 39 minutes" it will slowly countdown to 34 minutes and then reboot. Then this process starts all over again.
Can somebody help me?

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Check this link

by Jacky Howe In reply to Help! Windows XP problem

Setup Stops Responding with 34 Minutes Remaining

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/828267

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It may be too late for System Restore

by nepenthe0 In reply to Help! Windows XP problem

Now that you have attempted OS reinstallation, it may be impossible to natively boot from the hard drive.

Regardless, we still don't know why your computer refused to boot. One of the considerations must be a hard drive failure. If so, reinstalling Windows won't fix the problem.

Check out the excellent TR post by Greg Shultz:

http://tinyurl.com/5tl82j

Before you reinstall Windows, run some diagnostics on the hard drive. Download the free Seagate utility:

http://tinyurl.com/yvq99t

Create a bootable CD from the iso file with the free utility CDBurnerXP:

http://cdburnerxp.se/

and follow the instructions for creating a bootable C

http://tinyurl.com/4f3coa

Please post back in this thread and let us know what has worked for you.

Rick/Portland, OR

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safe mode

by fromadiva In reply to It may be too late for [i ...

in safe mode i went into my device manager. my ethernet,multimedia audio and video controllers are not working. i uninstalled them but that's not helping. i need the driver.

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Get yourself a copy of the Ultimate Boot CD

by OH Smeg In reply to Help! Windows XP problem

Available free to download from here

http://tinyurl.com/3jnpy

And test your Hardware out for problems. It also may be a Heat issue but from your description it sounds much more like a Hardware issue.

You can also replace the BIOS Battery as when these go flat there are all sorts of problems.

When you replace the BIOS Battery unplug the Mains Power before removing the cover as if you drop the battery while the mains are plugged in you run the risk of creating a short circuit and damaging the M'Board.

Col

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