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Windows XP Installation

I know that this has been posted before, but I'm unable to locate it.
While installing XP, I can get as far as copying the files to the Windows folder. Then the screen that says "Your computer will reboot in 15 seconds". After the reboot, I get the option "press any key to boot from cd"
If I press Enter, the cd boots, but instead of continuing the installation, it starts from the beginning. If I don't press a key, I get " disk read error, press ctl/alt/delete to restart".
Does anyone know of a workaround for this?
All advice is appreciated.

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Re: Windows XP Installation

When you install windows XP from CD, you boot from it only the first time. In other words, after the first restart you don't press a key to boot from it.

Now, the fact that it gives you that error after the first restart shows that it is a problem with the hard drive (or the chain related with it).

So, you should download and run some tests for your HDD model / manufacturer. It seems that you are trying to perform a clean install, so writing on the hard drive shouldn't be a data loss problem. In this case, run the most comprehensive HDD test.

In paranthesis, is this the same PC with the bad motherboard ? Was it replaced and you're trying the clean install for the first time ? If this is the case, maybe you should run the HDD test on another (good) PC because at least you can split the components in order to find the defective component.

Good Luck,


Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,

T. S. Eliot

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XP Installation

Hello Cetin, and thanks for your reply.
Yes you are correct that this is the same pc, and the board has been replaced. I also install a new cd drive.
I have ran the WD diagnostics extended test on the drive, and it found zero errors. I'll try your suggestion on another pc later today.
Thanks again.

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XP Installation update

Cetin: This is for you, since you're the only one who responded. I tested the hdd on another anothe pc as you recommended. It confirmed that the drive had no errors.
This led me to suspect the bios. I checked the mfg. website, and the current update stated "fixed problem with booting from ide devices".
That was about the point when I recalled Bob Profitts'
lamenting about how new hardware is shipped every day which needs updating, right out of the box.
You can guess the rest of the story.
All is well that ends well.

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Well done Stan ! Enjoy your (new) PC [NT]


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