Need help, cant continue formating my pc....

By abemark
Dec 10, 2006
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  1. Hello to everyone...need a little help. i can't continue formating my pc. What happens is, the cd is read and when it reaches this area:

    Welcome To Setup

    To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

    To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

    To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

    can't press any of the three choices, or i say the pc hang up...

    I already tried to jumper the cmos, default the bios, but still the same problem...i hope to hear form you guys...thanks
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    Test your RAM? Overheating? Overclocking?
  3. abemark

    abemark Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    thanks for replying...its not overclocked, and i tried changing the ram though but still the same...
  4. pipeman

    pipeman Newcomer, in training

    Just to rule out the obvious, your keyboard does work right?
    Second, rule out that it is not a problem with the CD. Put it in another computer, if you have access to one, and when it gets to that point, choose F3.

    If all that is OK, then next I would test your hard drive. Try to boot it using a win98 boot disk from www.bootdisk.com
  5. abemark

    abemark Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    the keyboard and the cd works, but still when it reaches that message, still the pc hangs up...
  6. N3051M

    N3051M Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,800

    To expand:
    try a keyboard thats not USB connected or wireless, meaning and oldskool PS/2 and cabled keyboard.

    Here's some test for you to do:
    -listen to the optical drive and or the HDD and hear if its spinning still
    -try different cd/dvd drive and/or ide cable..
    -try to access BIOS and try to navigate around in it. If you can, that means that you should be able to navigate in the windows installer. If you can't:
    -try a different keyboard if you can.
    -reset CMOS/BIOS and try again
    -take out any extra components so you're left with a barebones system [cpu/mobo, audio/video, power, 1 ram, 1 hdd, 1 optic drive] and try again.
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