UPGRADE, freeze or auto boot

By outlawmech
Jun 4, 2005
  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: 24,177   +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


    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
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    I hope it works out for you.

    Please let us know how you get on.

    Regards Howard :grinthumb
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