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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A test

by Ed Woychowsky In reply to Did it ever cross your mi ...

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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Mmm - not entirely sure about that ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to A test

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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Don't be a git, OM

by NickNielsen In reply to Mmm - not entirely sure a ...

He can "get" (meaning "obtain") the Live CD of his choice from

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

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Jeez !! PAY for open source software ? ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Don't be a git, OM ;)

Well now, - THAT is clever.

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You just knew somebody would come up with it

by NickNielsen In reply to Jeez !! PAY for open sour ...

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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You get the t-shirt and the cigar !! ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to You just knew somebody wo ...

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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Unfair advantage

by NickNielsen In reply to You just knew somebody wo ...

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

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by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Don't be a git, OM ;)

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

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LOSER !! ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to, too.

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

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by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to LOSER !! ...

I think the downloads go wrong somewhere. Those freaking torrents drive me up a wall. Slower than snail schit.

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