Strage Windows Problem

By -=Morph=-
Oct 4, 2003
Topic Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. OK Here it goes

    This Afternoon 2 pc`s running windows xp pro failed upon trying to reinstall windows both pc`s hang during set up i now have one pc running with win 98 but still cant get xp to install any ideas???
  2. vassil3427

    vassil3427 Newcomer, in training Posts: 822

    Have you changed any hardware since origional installation? Such as memory?
  3. -=Morph=-

    -=Morph=- Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 19

    No, No Changes What So Ever
  4. vassil3427

    vassil3427 Newcomer, in training Posts: 822

    did you format the the Hard Drives?
  5. -=Morph=-

    -=Morph=- Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 19

    one i have but i can only install window 98 on it when i try to install XP i hangs when it starts setup
  6. -=Morph=-

    -=Morph=- Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 19

    also just finished virus scan and no viri found
  7. StormBringer

    StormBringer Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,871

    What are the system specs? Do they meet the requirements for XP?
  8. -=Morph=-

    -=Morph=- Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 19

    Mobo: Gigabyte GA-7VA
    Processor: Amd 2400xp
    Gfx: ATI Radion 9800 Pro
    Sound: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2
    Mem: 512Meg ddr
    Nic: Netgear
    Scsi: Adaptec 2940
    CDroms: Pioneer DVD, Plextor (scsi) Teac cdr (scsi)
  9. vassil3427

    vassil3427 Newcomer, in training Posts: 822

    Is your HDD an scsi drive? did you install the drivers for scsi during windows xp setup?

    And in your BIOS do you have it set to boot from the drive with xp on it? Also do you have Plug and play OS enabled in youir BIOS?
  10. vassil3427

    vassil3427 Newcomer, in training Posts: 822

    Here's an idea also, try removing your NIC card, and your sound card, and maybe try cutting down to only one cd drive, and then try to install windows xp again, if it works, try adding the cards as you go...
  11. -=Morph=-

    -=Morph=- Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 19

    all ready tried both when i boot off the cd i get the message press f6 to install raid or scsi drivers then press f2 to use automated system recovery it loads all the drivers then it says Starting Windows Set Up and thats when it hangs
  12. -=Morph=-

    -=Morph=- Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 19

    No HD Arnt scsi and the Adaptec 2940 is on the HCL also remember from above both machines were already running XP before they died
  13. vassil3427

    vassil3427 Newcomer, in training Posts: 822

    Maybe you should copy the entire contents of the cd to the HDD, you'll have to ask someone exactly how to do this, and then run setup...
     
  14. -=Morph=-

    -=Morph=- Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 19

    done that too
  15. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    Did you ever previously have WinXP installed on either of these PCs?

    If the answer is yes, then that would tend to suggest that your WinXP CD is damaged. If the answer is no, then it would tend to suggest that your hardware is incompatable. First, can you provide more info, such as answering the following question ...

    Are you installing to a newly formatted hard drive, or are you upgrading an existing win98 installation?
  16. -=Morph=-

    -=Morph=- Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 19

    I Have also tried a clean install of xp an upgrade of xp from win 98
    i even tried installing Win 2k

    The only OS i can get to install is win98 i have tried everything i know eg removing all non esential hardware, changing memory etc etc
  17. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    Sounds like your XP CD is screwed. Are both PCs identical spec?
  18. StormBringer

    StormBringer Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,871

    In your original problem you seem to indicate that XP was already running on these machines. You say that you were trying to reinstall, why was this? It seems odd to me that two machines would suffer from a failure of that magnitude at the same time.

    I tend to agree with Nic here in his statement about a bad CD. Try cleaning the CD, or polishing it to get the scratches out.
  19. -=Morph=-

    -=Morph=- Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 19


    I dont mean to be rude so forgive me if it seems that ways but i have ran a network for 8 years im quaified as MCSE, N+, A+ and i have tried everything i know im just trying to get opinions this problem i have never encounterd before

    Yes I Have Tried Another copy of XP
    Yes I Have Tried Copying the files to the hard drive
    yes i have tried changing memory
    yes i have tried a different HD
    yes i have tried installing with just one hard drive and gfx card connected to the mobo
    yes i have tried deleting the partitions on the hard drive and installing from scrath
    yes i have tried upgrading from win98 to win xp
    yes i have tried installing win2k

    shall i go on??
  20. -=Morph=-

    -=Morph=- Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 19

    No the second machine is only a baby is only used for storage

    800 mhx duron
    gigabyte mobo
    netgear nic
    32 meg ati tnt2 gfx
  21. vassil3427

    vassil3427 Newcomer, in training Posts: 822

    Do you have another system you could start the installation of Xp on, what I mean is, put the Hard Drive in another system, do installation, but when it goes to restart the pc(and start Xp for the first time) shut the pc off and put the HDD in the system it belongs too that way it will install all the drivers properly.....Just a thought....
  22. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    Unplug your network cable, if you have one attached, and remove any unnecessary cards from their internal slots (pci). Also, remove any USB devices, and others that you don't need during install. Also, check your bios settings and try setting 'safe defaults' if you are still having problems. If that doesn't work, then you've certainly got us beat, as your problem doesn't make any sense.
  23. vassil3427

    vassil3427 Newcomer, in training Posts: 822

    Hey is it possible to try and use and IDE cd-rom????? Maybe the scsi drives dont like the idea of installing XP, get a hold of one and try it and tell us what happens.
  24. -=Morph=-

    -=Morph=- Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 19

    yep tried it the pioneer is ide
  25. -=Morph=-

    -=Morph=- Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 19

    ok guys i think ive found the problem
    first the baby machine was a harddrive failing

    second the daddy pc about a month ago when i put my Radion 9800 pro in i blew a 550w psu now im thinkin that this has caused a problem with the mobo i will let you know the out come when i replace the mobo tomorrow
Topic Status:
Not open for further replies.


Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...


Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.