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HELP please!!!

by LAG / September 4, 2005 8:21 AM PDT

My windows 98 is hanging by a thread so I bought the XP Home Edition to upgrade. I just get to the very end of installing the files when I get the error 'copying file GDIPLUS.CA...a device attached to system is not functioning. My drive has been cleaned but it won't copy that file. I have tried and retried, even tried to skip that file, which is an option. I can't get any further with the setup. Any help would be much appreciated!!!!!!!

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 4, 2005 8:37 AM PDT
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Here's the fix if that's GDIPLUS.CAT
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 4, 2005 8:48 AM PDT
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by LAG / September 4, 2005 9:57 AM PDT

I just tried again to install XP and got the same problem, this time I'll give you more info. It says.....error copying file ( During file installation) GDIPLUS.CA_to C:\$Win_NT$~LS\i386\gsms\10\MSFT\WINDOWSGDIPLUS\GDIPLUS.CA_ And if you think I didn't have trouble typing that one!!!!!!!!! I went to the page you sent, I truthfully didn't understand a thing. I'm not too good at this sort of thing. Thanks. Hope this helps you somewhat.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 4, 2005 10:03 AM PDT
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You've confirmed that I have the right article. If I was there I'd use it to fix the install.


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by LAG / September 4, 2005 10:55 AM PDT
In reply to: Yup.

But, could you please give me a little help with regards to 'that page'? It's Greek to me. Even just a hint?????????????? I don't want to do anything wrong, I've been working on this all day and have spent $150 on XP. I'd love to get it up and running.........thanks

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Print it out.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 4, 2005 11:18 AM PDT
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Follow the instructions step by step.

You'll have to reveal which step is Greek.


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98 CD
by LAG / September 5, 2005 2:38 AM PDT
In reply to: Print it out.

The CD I have for windows says it's an oler version of windows than I have installed, which was installed when I bought it. They never gave me the 98 CD, I tried it anyhow but there was no prompt. I've also downloaded a program to free RAM and it tells me I have 73MB free and won't release any more. I'm thinking this isn't enough? Is it possible for me to uninstall any programs etc. I don't need or anything else to free up more RAM? p.s. What was Greek to me when I was tired, now looks like English! Thank you.

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About free ram.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 5, 2005 3:54 AM PDT
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In MacOSX, Linux, Windows which are all virtual memory operating systems, the concept of free ram is dead on arrival unlike back in DOS. The OS should collect and use every scrap of ram for best speed and effect.

More about this at which notes:

"Free RAM is wasted RAM."


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Do you really want to upgrade....
by Michael Geist / September 4, 2005 10:28 AM PDT
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Not really
by LAG / September 4, 2005 10:57 AM PDT

I love my old windows 98, but......I already bought the XP and can't take it back!!!!!!!!!

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(NT) (NT) You can use an upgrade version to do a clean install.
by Michael Geist / September 4, 2005 11:00 AM PDT
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considered that
by LAG / September 4, 2005 11:06 AM PDT

Thing is if I do a clean install, I lose all my files etc. and I have no idea how to back them up first. I don't even own a floppy disc, if that's what I'd need. I'm getting a headache!!!!!!!!

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Backup options on a troubled machine.....
by Michael Geist / September 4, 2005 11:11 AM PDT
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1) Using Knoppix as an OS which runs from a cd (
2) Move the hard drive to another machine as a second drive and copy the files to the host drive.
3) If the machine boots and can write to a USB flash drive or external hard drive.

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by LAG / September 4, 2005 11:48 AM PDT

I'm sorry, I don't understand any of this technical stuff. I just would love to be able to upgrade to XP. I really appreciate your help....if I could just get past that one problem I wrote about earlier. I just can't copy ONE file!!!!!

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The second backup option is the least....
by Michael Geist / September 4, 2005 12:02 PM PDT
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taxing in that it only requires moving the drive to another machine. Backup becomes easy and a format and clean install can be done.

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You are in a mess
by glb613 / September 4, 2005 9:09 PM PDT
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if you can't copy any of your files. You have some choices that will make this happen. Go out and buy a USB portable drive. I'd recommend you get a 1 gig model so you have plenty of room. Install it on your 98 machine and transfer your files to it. That is probably the easiest option if you aren't very computer savvy.

Once your files and other data are saved, do a clean install of XP. But be advised, you computer hardware may not be compatible with XP. If that is the case, you will need to reinstall 98. While not difficult, it does require the 98 CD. Do you have that?

And if all else fails, take your computer into a local repair shop and have them do the work. It won't be cheap but it may be a good option for you. They may be able to save your data for you before restoring the computer.

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by goinggreen / September 4, 2005 12:53 PM PDT
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What program?
by LAG / September 4, 2005 3:31 PM PDT
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I don't quite understand, is there some program you ran?

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Program download
by Paul Roantree / September 4, 2005 8:39 PM PDT
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by LAG / September 5, 2005 2:33 AM PDT
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Thanks, I downloaded the program, I have 73MB Ram before and after running the program. There was none gained. Now on my task bar it's showing only 52. Would removing some programs that I don't really use help me gain more? Also do I even have enough to load XP?

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