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can't re-install windows xp pro, possibly bootskin problem?

by parx86 / September 15, 2004 4:10 AM PDT

I've been searching forums for hours and can't find anything about this problem. I'm trying to reformat my computer and reinstall windows xp pro. I boot from the xp CD, and it takes me to the blue screen with "windows setup" in the top left corner, and just stops. I've done this several times since I built the machine with the same disc, so I know it's good, and it was working fine beforehand, no hardware problems or anything of that nature, just wanted to clean C: up. I had experimented with the bootskin program from stardock, and I'm very suspicious that this may be related to the problem. I entered the BIOS and restored the default settings, even though I haven't changed anything. I've booted from my old win98se disc and it seems to work fine, I deleted my c: partition and formatted it as fat32 just to try and get something going, and I've also tried running the winnt command from the I386 folder, which copies the setup files, but when it reboots, it takes me back to the same "windows setup" screen and just stops. I let it stay there for quite a while just to make sure it wasn't going slow, but it's totally frozen. If anyone has any ideas I'd greatly appreciate it, I'm really starting to stress over this one Happy

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Re: can't re-install windows xp pro, possibly bootskin probl
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 15, 2004 4:28 AM PDT

1. Formatting the drive before setup is a good way to trip up XP's installer. Just delete all the partitions and use XP's installer to create the partition. Pictures at

2. If you have USB devices plugged into some system, setup hangs. Don't do that.

3. If you have bad ram, setup hangs. Try

4. If your BIOS is out of date, bring it uptodate.

5. If your CPU overheats during setup, it hangs. Remove case cover, make it cooler.

6. If the hard disk has an errror, setup can hang. Test the drive with the drive maker's tools.

7. If the hard disk is on the wrong cable type or jumpered oddly (master on an 80 conductor cable is "odd") setup may hang.

Your post is void of all machine details. Why?


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Re: can't re-install windows xp pro, possibly bootskin probl
by parx86 / September 15, 2004 4:56 AM PDT

thanks for replying bob

I originally tried formatting the drive with the xp installation, as I know is best and my personal preference since I use NTFS, but I can't get past the blue windows setup screen, even after using fdisk to recreate the partition, the problem is the same. All cables and jumpers are fine, they haven't been changed since I built the machine in 2001. It's always worked before without unplugging any devices, but I'll give it a try without usb devices hooked up. I removed the case this morning and dusted out the heatsink on the processor, just to be sure it's clean and all, and still made no difference. Here are my machine specs:

Asus P4T800 Motherboard with AwardBIOS
Intel Pentium 4 1.7GHz
512 Mb RDRAM
ATI All-in-Wonder Radeon 8500DV
Soundblaster Audigy Platinum Ex
Plextor 24/10/40a
Pioneer A05 4x DVD-R/W
Sony Floppy Drive
Maxtor 30Gb IDE-HD
Maxtor 80Gb IDE-HD

Everything was working fine before I decided to reformat, no hardware problems or anything, c: drive was just getting cluttered, and when I first tried and had this problem, I went back into windows and uninstalled all the stardock software I had, in particular bootskin, since I had heard of it causing problems like this, but now that the c: drive is totally clean and bios is set to defaults that have always worked, I'm really baffled by this

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 15, 2004 5:09 AM PDT

There were tests mentioned, covers off, and more.

With all that hardware, its time to downsize... The age of the machine puts it right in the timeframe where capacitors were BAD! Do you see any domes on the capacitors or leakers?


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(NT) (NT) I see you found it. (USB devices plugged in!)
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 15, 2004 5:10 AM PDT
In reply to: And?
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Figured it out!
by parx86 / September 15, 2004 5:07 AM PDT

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction bob, I unplugged my usb devices and bam, came up totally fine. Upon closer inspection I saw that my girlfriend had left the card for her camera in our card reader, unplugged it and plugged my usb devices back in, working fine now. Apparently XP installation doesn't like flashcards Happy Anyways, thanks again for the tip, I really appreciate it

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Re: can't re-install windows xp pro, possibly bootskin probl
by ryeguy / September 15, 2004 4:30 AM PDT

I would download the killdisk program and run that. It will fomat the whole drive. I would also make a copy of the install cd and use that one, as sometimes they just get to a certain point and stop working correctly. I have had this problem and wht i suggested fixed it.

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Re: can't re-install windows xp pro, possibly bootskin probl
by parx86 / September 15, 2004 4:58 AM PDT

thanks for replying ryeguy

I've already used fdisk to recreate the partition on c:, and the copy of xp pro I'm using is a burned copy with SP1 integrated, which I have installed many times before with no problems at all

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