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Could not find a place for swap file on Install

Brand new hard drive had a partial install on it of XP Home, which I finally removed. When I could run DOS, I would try and get the new OS (XP Corporate Edition, but I have also tried my 2000 Pro cd) to run by going to my cd rom drive and getting into the 'i386' directory and typing 'winnt'. Setup would try and run and I get: 'An Internal Error Has Occurred. Could Not Find A Place For Swap File. Setup Cannot Coninue. Press ENTER to exit.'

I finally wiped out the hard drive completely, to where there arent even any partitions on it, figuring the clean install would help me with this, but I get the same error.

I have 512 RAM, but it seems like perhaps its not creating the 'virtual drive' that it needs? I have no floppy drive so I am trying to do everything by CD, which I have two CDROMs.

The XP cd seems to work fine on my current computer. It autoruns, I can access its files... and both OS CDs seem to have the same result.

Is there something that I need to check in my BIOS I am missing, or does this sound like an error in the hardware?

I have been working on this 3 days and have no clue where to proceed.

Thanks in advance.

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Forget about DOS....

...and try booting up from the Windows CD (adjustment may be required at the BIOS for boot sequence). You only select your options, and need not "type" anything during the initial phase of installation...

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Only boots to DOS

Yeah I tried rearranging the boot sequence, but it wouldnt matter much since theres no floppy on the machine anyway it would bypass... but I did change it initially...

I shut off the computer and start it up with the cd in there and it will only boot to DOS. No screen comes up. I figure, Okay I can get around that too because Im pretty familiar with DOS, but then I get the blue screen of death.

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That is...

the command prompt. It is like DOS, but is not DOS. Are you sure you have a legid Windows CD ?

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Corporate XP? Just let your IT handle it.

They supply how to install so you don't have to fight with it. Follow their notes or call them to do it.

Bob

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No IT

Good call, though, I wish I could do that. I bought the disk for a small company I had, but never got around to using it and Im not involved in it anymore. I was trying to use my Windows 2000 Pro instead, but I am getting the same result.

No one has heard of this anomoly?

I cant afford to take it in... if it sounds like hardware I may just junk it. The first place told me I had bad RAM and the second guy told me I had bad RAM (again) and one of my CD Roms were bad (it seems to be working fine).

Thought Id turn to more knowledgable, honest folk, LOL

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Basically 2000 and XP glides onto good hardware.

But if you make up a new install procedure such as booting to DOS, then you have to slug it out. Try it the way you read about all over the internet. Hint: Boot the CD.

Cheers,

Bob

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