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Problem in my Laptop while installing xp.....?

By bineeshtbaby ·
I am using a compaq c795 tu laptop,intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU T2390 @1.86.... 1.87 GHz,RAM 1GB....
There is problem while installing xp in my laptop.....after copying files and at the time of rebooting..it shows a message "Disk read error press CTL+ALT+DEL"..so after preesing.CTL+ALT+DEL....this message comes again and again.......my earlier OS was Windows seven Ultimate......there is no problem while installing windows seven .......now also there is no problem while installing Windows seven...there is problem only when trying to install Windows Xp....So if any body have any idea about this problem please help?

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That's a cool one

by Slayer_ In reply to Problem in my Laptop whil ...

Maybe just hang out, in a week or so, W7 will be released. Lots of those laptops are installed using images from a manufacturer. XP is usually not able to easily install on modern machines because of sata driver issues and such.

It's really never a good idea to go replacing your Laptop OS unless you have a backup image or OEM recovery discs.

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Did it EVER have XP installed successfully ? ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Problem in my Laptop whil ...

If it did, and then you installed Windows 7 and now you're trying to go back to XP, you are probably lacking in SATA drivers which are supposed to be presented to the HDD within a few seconds of the initial install beginning.

These drivers (for your specific HDD) should be copied to the ROOT of a floppy, or a CD, or a USB thumb drive and when it says at the bottom of the install screen "Press F6 for other drivers", you should do so and navigate to whichever device you have the SATA drivers copied to.

You then return the XP install disc to the drive and continue.

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How did you remove

by Jacky Howe In reply to Problem in my Laptop whil ...

Windows 7?

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The silence is deafening

by Jacky Howe In reply to How did you remove

You can boot from the Windows 7 DVD and at a command prompt, use the following command to apply the master boot code that is compatible with NTLDR to the drive volume.

Boot from the Windows 7 DVD and on the first screen click Next, click Repair your computer, click Next and select Command Prompt. At the command prompt type in this command and press the Enter key.

bootsect.exe /nt52 c:

See if you can boot from XP.


Or better still, use Darick's Boot and Nuke to wipe the drive for a fresh install.

http://dban.sourceforge.net/

Autonuke should do it by running it at least 3 times.


You can then prepare the drive for your XP Recovery install.

Boot from the Windows 7 DVD and on the first screen click Next, click Repair your computer, click Next and select Command Prompt. At the command prompt type in these commands pressing the Enter key after each one if you want to use the whole drive or use this as an example if you want to create more Partitions: create partition primary size=32768.

diskpart
select disk 0
clean
create partition primary
exit

and exit again and boot from your Recovery CD.

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Hmmm,

by Slayer_ In reply to The silence is deafening

Wouldn't you be better off just deleting the partition, and letting the XP install do the partitioning and formatting on it's own?

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It only takes a few minutes

by Jacky Howe In reply to Hmmm,

to prepare the drive. I've seen XP unable to detect a drive that wasn't partitioned. The OP won't be able to do this with a recovery CD so if everything is setup beforehand, the OP should be good to go.
Mind you this is based on the assumtion that the OP is using a recovery CD.

Edit: removed reference to the OP's gender

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Which gender did you make fun of ? ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to It only takes a few minut ...

Before you decided to go all politically correct.

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The one that would

by Jacky Howe In reply to Which gender did you make ...

wear a Kilt if they were a Scot. Doesn't look like the OP is comming back anyway.

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format

by balge In reply to Problem in my Laptop whil ...

hi
I would try reformatting, preferably with a live CD, then try slipstreaming SATA (it is SATA, right?) drivers using NLite -

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

Works for me
cheers

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Bad boot sector

by cpubymike In reply to Problem in my Laptop whil ...

try booting into the windows xp recovery console there should be a thread on the MS knowledge base.

once your there you're going to do a fixboot or fix MBR what ever it is for ep

or you can try an open source solution such as Finnix, or Knopppix, but that should be a last resort especially if you don't know the Linux command line very well.

If none of this works; actually you should check your bios first to see if you have boot sector protection turned on, this marks sector 0, of cyl 0 as read only in the bios
its a security feature to prevent people from stealing a computer.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058

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