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UPGRADE, freeze or auto boot

By outlawmech
Jun 4, 2005
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  1. Hello, I'm new. I have been build and repair Computers for a bit, And This one sounds like a motherboard issue to me, but I'm not sure.

    Here's the senerio:

    Friends computer acting weird, friend says " I run win ME, give me XP."
    I say sure, check to see about cpu mhz and all. All good, gateway 933 128mb ram, it'll run slow but work.

    Use MS XP boot floppies for a clean install- problem-
    disk 2 says " can't load nt something and says Error code 7, stops install."

    I format hard drive, start install, same thing. I downgrade and format to win98
    win98 boots consistent everytime, woo hoo. Put in XP CD to upgrade, starts the load in process of disks ( like XP floppies) I press the enter to install XP
    and get a Auto reboot, nothing else, no XP, no go.
    Yet, I can boot to 98

    its a gateway
    Model: ESSENTIAL 933C
    Serial Number: 0022496182

    Not making any sense.
    I always use the XP floppies and full CD and start from scratch. And when I scandisk the harddrive to check it. . . no bad sectors or viruses.
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    I don`t think it`s a problem with the mobo. If it was you`d have the same problem installing 98.

    Maybe it`s a compatability issue with XP.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  3. outlawmech

    outlawmech TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I figured possibly hardware combatibility. . .

    I figured possibly hardware combatibility. . .

    But I am gonna try the other thing I read from Microsoft.

    format with a win98 boot disk.
    then make sure it loads the CD rom support
    and then choose the CDROM and
    type

    EG:

    d:/i386
    then winnt
    and it suposedly will format and install XP straight.
    Thanks for all the help!!!!!
    I really think this is a good thing to do. ( website)
    :bounce: :angel:
    I had never seen this happen before, then again, its a gateway hehhehee
    :dead:
    NATE
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    I hope it works out for you.

    Please let us know how you get on.

    Regards Howard :grinthumb
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