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Can't re-install XP, even WITH recovery disks...

I'm back, check out my previous post for background:

http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7587_102-0.html?forumID=69&threadID=261808&messageID=2570924

Long story short I have a laptop that gives a blue screen of death (BSD) every time I try to start it up.

I now have the recovery disks. However, when I start up the laptop and the XP installation starts I get a BSD. It says that a problem was found and to prevent damaging my computer (gee, thanks) installation has been cancelled.

So, I can't get this computer to start up. I can't re-install XP. What can I do?

Is there any way to get to a DOS commmand prompt to format the hard drive the old fashioned way?

I did a check of the hard drive in BIOS and it passed. What is the deal?

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If you boot from the recovery disk ...

In reply to: Can't re-install XP, even WITH recovery disks...

to install and then get a problem at the start of the installation process, the machine needs repair. All you can do yourself: reset the BIOS to its defaults and try again. But it's a small chance that works.

Kees

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dang...

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that is what i was afraid of.

the thing only cost $399; hardly seems worth the trouble to send it back.

it's JUST out of warranty, too. go figure.

i'll try the BIOS reset...

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bios reset didn't help. i'll contact HP and see what they say...

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