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How to reformat the hard drive when it skips option..

Of course, I looked around the web about how to reformat the hard
drive.

My computer's been experiencing problems-page fault in nonpage area;
(blue screens) or irql drivers less equal to or something like that.
So, my computer has taken a beating and seems corrupt.

So I tried booting the Windows XP with the Windows XP service Pack 2,
and I tried installing windows, but as soon as the setup loads the
files, it skips over to starting windows xp...and then as soon as
xp installation starts, it turns to...guess what? PAGE FAULT IN NON FAULT AREA. The format option is completely skipped over.

So is there NO WAY I can format the hard disk, start from scratch?

P.S. I bought Windows Xp Professional, and I have SP2.
Any questions; happy to answer. The computer I have is all messed up.

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This is unlikely to be cured by formatting.

In reply to: How to reformat the hard drive when it skips option..

That's usually a sign of bad ram, overheating CPU or other parts.

But some won't believe till they format the hard disk (bye bye data!) Go get DBAN (see google) and it will get cleaned off.

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Never mind

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I found out that the computer has faulty RAM; my RAM seems messed up. I'll probably get a RAM replacement, and call help from professionals since the RAM is inside the computer.

P.S.: Know of any good tech guys/companies out there?

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RAM is too easy to replace. . .

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Open the case and unplug the RAM stick. Replace it. Very simple instructions are here http://www.crucial.com/ Type in your PC make and model and Crucial will tell you what is available, how much your PC will take, and pictures on how to replace.

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Sometimes I get the machine back by...

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Looking inside, finding 2 sticks of RAM and I'll remove one. If I'm lucky it's the bad one. If not, I swap with the one I pulled out.

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Confusion about system

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My system-I don't think it's over at crucial

Here is my system info:
Intel (R)
Pentium 4 CPU 2.00 GHz
2.66 GHz 512 MB of RAM

Operating System: (probably won't do any good, but here it is anyway:
Microsoft Windows Xp Professional Service Pack 2

Can I replace the RAM?

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"Can I replace the RAM?"

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So far, everyone that wanted to has been able to. Did you pull off the lid and see the two sticks? Did you try it with just one?

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Confusion

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I opened the lid; I have no IDEA where to start. I'll get some pictures;
so please check this thread for any updated comments.

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Pictures

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Here are the pictures, please tell me first where the RAM is, (I prefer if you do save image as, open an editing program, circle the RAM or other necessary spots, and post the pictures on some--thing.) Please tell me what to do if anything else seems wrong.

Thanks-I think the blue screen was caused by the internal computer.

sorry for double posting.........where is the edit?

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Dead link.

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just looking at pics 2&3

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you have a serious dust problem

you need to clean out all the gunk!

may not solve your format problem,
but it sure will save your computer


jonah

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No edit. Just PREVIEW your post?

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Replacing the RAM

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Thanks, I got the stick out.
It's CORSAIR, XMS, or something like that.
The thing is, this is the ONLY stick i found in my computer.

I'll have to buy another one, would you suggest I get two sticks instead, (cause this one is busted)?
Also, does the RAM have to be the the same category (i.e. do I have to buy the exact same stick for my computer?)
I'm cleaning the dust out right now. Thanks for all you help.

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Try putting it back into another slot.

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And don't let the dust get in there...

The type of ram is determined by the motherboard make and model. Until you find out that I would guess and guess badly.

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