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Need help reinstalling

by stewart6 / March 22, 2006 11:19 AM PST

Hello all.I formatted my C drive and tried to reinstall W2000 as my system would reboot a few seconds after opening Windows. I Guess I had a hardware or software conflict but I could not run the remove function as Windows kept rebooting, even in safe mode.Having hosed the drive I expected that the reinstall from the 2000 CD would be straight forward but I kept getting messages That a file was corrupted or missing. I assumed that the corrupt file was on the 2000 CD but the system shut down at the same place when I tried to set up with the recovery floppies.I don't understand this as I was running from the 2000 Cd on to a clean drive.Can someone enlighten me on what's happening.

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Formating? Floppies? Things I don't use...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 22, 2006 11:29 AM PST
In reply to: Need help reinstalling

When I install Windows 2000, I boot the 2000 CD and take it's offer and remove the old partiton. Then I use the 2000 installer to create a new partition and it prepares the drive for me. Time and time again I see issues by formatting with dos or other tools.

Floppies? Another item I don't use. Too hard to get the right ones and another source of woe.

-> You may have real hardware issues such as overheating CPU or "other" but with so little about the hardware I can't guess.


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Hi Bob.
by stewart6 / March 22, 2006 12:13 PM PST

I'm pretty sure my original problem was caused by one of two programs I installed but I couldn;t uninstall them because of the rebooting. I tried the system disk install exactly as you describe several times and only tried the floppies after the system disk didn't work and as the error message was for a corrupted file I assumed the file must be on the system disk as the C drive had been formatted.What I don't understand is why the install failed at the exact same point on the file entry on both install types and when presumably the C drive was clean after formatting. I've never had any problems before, formatting and reinstalling which makes this the more frustrating. Regards Stewart.

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If that worked before, the hardware is now suspect.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 22, 2006 12:19 PM PST
In reply to: Hi Bob.

Or the CD or CDROM drive is aging. So far there's no clue in your post except a method I've learned to never use (formatting or floppy install.)

If the machine is fairly old try cleaning off the heatsinks and check the fans. Try another CD drive too.


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by mkm558 / April 1, 2006 2:32 AM PST
In reply to: Need help reinstalling

If you are having trouble booting from CD, then I agree with Bob. Have you tried flashing the bios? Sometimes, very rarely, the bios chip becomes corrupted and needs to be flashed. I have had this prob with an xp machine. I have had many headaches with win 2k, many of which were operator stupidty (mine), and I have been able to figure MOST of them out.
While I am not expert on 2k, I have used it for 3 years now, in a work environment.

In short, check for boot sector viruses. Like Bob mentioned, fans and other hardware. As a last resort, flash the bios with an updated version.

I hope this helps.


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