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is my XP CD broken?

by zlycher / January 3, 2012 3:14 AM PST

I inherited my parents old computer and I wanted to re-load the OS so that I could have a clean slate to work with. When I boot from the installation CD It gets to the setup screen where I have three options. Install, Repair, or quit setup. The screen always freezes on this page. I thought that the problem might be the CD reader so I tried to install Windows 98 and that installed fine. What do you guys think my problem is?

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How I test that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 3, 2012 3:19 AM PST
In reply to: is my XP CD broken?
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How do you burn the contents to a cd
by zlycher / January 3, 2012 6:51 AM PST
In reply to: How I test that.

I copied all the contents to my desktop and then burned them to a new CD but the CD drive won't even recognize the new CD

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I don't.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 3, 2012 8:07 AM PST

Since copying the contents or files of the CD would result in a CD with the files but would not boot I never would do that.

Instead I would duplicate the CD with a copy CD command. Here's a tutorial for the free CDBURNERXP ->

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by zlycher / January 4, 2012 4:16 AM PST
In reply to: I don't.

So I was an idiot and tried to open my CD drive. big mistake but i'm still a rookie. so then I went out and bought a new CD/DVD drive to see if the problem would resolved itself. It didn't. so then as a last ditch effort I tried to use a different keyboard for the setup and lo and behold it worked. turns out the first keyboard was crashing or something when it got to the setup page. $35 wasted, lesson learned

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I wonder if this is that old USB keyboard issue?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 4, 2012 4:23 AM PST
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Sorry but the clues are not here for me to guess that. In the future try to supply the make, model and if anything is not stock, tell about it.

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Not the hardware expert
by zlycher / January 4, 2012 4:27 AM PST
In reply to: is my XP CD broken?

the clues weren't really tipping me off to the keyboard either. I thought it could have been the ram. The first keyboard I was using was actually connected by whatever was before's a round port not sure what it's called. The second keyboard was a usb.

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