I need help!!! =[

By 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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That has always been

by Jacky Howe In reply to Yup

a concern for me. You only need one glitch and your hosed.

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Personally, I think the restricion should be

by The Scummy One In reply to That has always been
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You won't know

by Jacky Howe In reply to Personally, I think the r ...

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

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or, even if it works

by The Scummy One In reply to Personally, I think the r ...

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

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I don't rely on recovery disks.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Yup

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 ass a couple times running this way.

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I don't buy

by Jacky Howe In reply to I don't rely on recovery ...

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

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I do too.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to I don't buy

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

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

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Up until this system

by The Scummy One In reply to I don't buy

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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I've had a few

by Jacky Howe In reply to I don't buy

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.

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This one still works fine for me

by The Scummy One In reply to I don't buy

so I aint complainin bout it. Of course I shelled out $1700 for it, but I didnt have to think about what works with what, or any other issues (HW).

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