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XP won't repair or reload after PC crash...

by ddewell / March 19, 2006 8:32 AM PST

Soyo Dragon II board, AMD 1.6Ghz Duron, 512 mgb DDR ram.
The thing crashed waking up from sleep mode. I tried
restoring the disk with CDs made with Acronis. It says the data base is corrupt even though it was ok when
created. Tried doing an XP repair. It will not copy
files from the CD. Set up keeps saying it can't copy
them. Can't get past 3%. If I skip the file, the next
file says the same thing. So far I have tried three
different CD drives, three different Windows XP Discs,
two different hard drives, both reformatted. Changed
all the ribbon cables. Nothing changes. It still says
the Acronis is corrupt even though I verified it when
it was created. It still will not copy files from the
install CDs to the hard drive, either one. I have even
zero filled the hard drive and tried three more times.
All it does is say the ''name here'' file was not copied
correctly, hit return to try again.'' Or, the ''file name'' can't be copied, hit return to try again."
The hardrive was check with Powermax and HardDrive
regenerator. Neither program found any problem...

What is going on?? Any help greatly appreciated...

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Have you checked/testedt the RAM thoroughly ?
by VAPCMD / March 19, 2006 8:52 AM PST

Like DocMem 2.2 or MemTest+86

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Re: Testing Memory
by ddewell / March 19, 2006 5:48 PM PST

Can this be done with out a working operating system?
Everything in this pc was bought new since December
except the hard drive. It has two pieces of 256 memory
because with one only 79 mgb of memory was available.

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Re: RAM testing
by Kees Bakker / March 19, 2006 6:04 PM PST
In reply to: Re: Testing Memory has a program to make a bootable diskette that will execute a RAM-test. No OS needed.

Seems like a problem with the motherboard. RAM is only part of that, of course. There's much more hardware involved.


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It is up and running just fine...
by ddewell / March 21, 2006 3:49 AM PST

I ran DocMem and the memory failed. I took out the
two 256 sticks and put in a 512 and ran DocMem again.
It passed. I started the XP install and it never once
hesitated, glitched, or waivered right through XP
installation and SP1 and SP2 upgrades.
Now, how do I know if the old memory is bad or just not
compatible? It did run a week on the old memory...

Thanks for the help. I didn't get one reply in the
Microsoft XP news group...

Dennis Q.

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Check the BIOS
by phantazy / March 19, 2006 6:42 PM PST

Check all drives are recognised, and then download latest motherboard drivers to a floppy and install.

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Re: Check the BIOS...
by ddewell / March 19, 2006 11:44 PM PST
In reply to: Check the BIOS

Do you mean to flash the BIOS with an upgrade?

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before you do that...
by kena10 / March 21, 2006 5:56 PM PST
In reply to: Re: Check the BIOS...

pull out the battery and replace it with a new one.

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