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Windows will not install

By Vaughands
Sep 7, 2008
  1. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Other than doing what I suggested two posts ago (just up there ^^)

    I would suggest try another HardDrive
     
  2. Vaughands

    Vaughands TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    Yeah, we're debating on buying an new HD, but we wouldn't know where to get one cheap.
    Model: Dell Dimension 1100
     
  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  4. Vaughands

    Vaughands TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    Someone from VGComputers told us anything above 80GB would not work on this model?
     
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,635   +321

    Alright man. I don't even know why I'm bothering to respond other than I just was astounded to see so many replies after my post in here.

    If your drive had bad sectors, its a bad drive. Now some programs can help or even sort of fix that, but really, no good drive will ever have bad sectors, so you should just replace it. Which funnily enough is what I said right away.

    Also you said you ran memtest after Kimsland suggested it, but I think there was less than an hour time ( more like 20 minutes I think, but I'm not going ot bother to check for you ). There is no way in hell you ran memtest that fast. Period. Done. Ect. Whatever. Memtest will take HOURS to run.

    So please, post back here when you either follow my advice, or kimslands, or know what the hell you are doing.

    Your ATA drive hard to replace argument is BS and it shows you don't know wtf you are talking about. EIDE and ATA are pretty much interchangeable, and there is no way in hell your drive is irreplaceable.
     
  7. Vaughands

    Vaughands TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    One of the first things I did was run a MemTest...also; we brought the drive into be service. The person there told it was not sold anymore. I'm really not one to argue this point, so if this IS bullshit I'd like to know.
     
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Pretty hard to find 80Gig anymore (Note: I'm sure there are areas to purchase one)
    But again, just go higher in Gigs
    You can even contact Dell and confirm that you can go higher
     
  9. Vaughands

    Vaughands TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    Alright, it's 11PM here so it's a best late. (Yes, I know my profile time might be a little bit off.) However, when I'm a bit more awake I'll get my mother to call Dell and tell us how far up we can go. I'm sorry about the confusion on the MemTest, does it need to be ran again?

    We're getting disk read errors now, and Chkdsk is telling us theres a problem that cannot be recovered. I'm going to assume this harddrive is dead... but why is the BIOS loading slow; does the HD affect it?

    I know this is a bit much to ask as this is all on your free time guys, but I don't mind ordering off the internet for her. Any idea where I could get one cheap? I've previously ordered off NewEgg and TigerDirect. Anybody got any places to check other then there?

    I found this...http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822144122
     
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    So you already know that you can purchase this.

    Anyway, yes a faulty HardDrive can cause system slow downs
    But tomorrow go through this entire thread again, you have not answered some questions, and I'm concerned CMOS is not defaulted, and a whole bunch of other issues.

    You could run Memtest into the night (seeming it takes 4Hrs approx)
    Anyway, it's all here !
     
  11. Vaughands

    Vaughands TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    My mother is not completely illcomputer illterate and refuses to take off the CMOS or something.. she was whining it needs to be glued back on or something? Is there something I'm not getting? She's crazy... right? <.<
     
     
  12. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Oh dear, I'm concerned that these simple procedures (no glue required!) are going to cause many post replies. Is there anyone there more computer literate?

    Anyway, I'll give it a shot, even though I have mentioned to do this ages ago now?!)

    Start your computer
    You should see a prompt like press DEL or F2 (or some other key to get to CMOS Setup)
    Once in CMOS go to run defaults, and select it, yes.
    Then save and exit (usually F10)

    But run the Memtest overnight still
     
  13. Vaughands

    Vaughands TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    So my mother is nuts then xD? I tried to get her to let me do it ages ago but she was skeptical...sadly. I see no key to enter CMOS Setup? I see a button to enter Setup?
     
  14. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Yes that's it !

    Hence my point:
    It may be better, when you have woken up to a new day
    By the way, I'm not replying with "Optimized Defaults" or whatever the label is.

    Just post back tomorrow, and read all these posts again (very slowly)
    If the HardDrive is faulty, you must replace it. (80Gig or 250Gig, your choice)

    I can not put anymore time into this thread today
     
  15. Vaughands

    Vaughands TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    Thanks so much for all your time and effort, :). If there is a way to test if a HD is faulty besides the built in Dell Diagnostics test, I'll look for it tomorrow.
     
  16. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  17. Vaughands

    Vaughands TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    My mother was finally driven crazy and bought a new tower...somehow. Anywho, I thought I'd take the scrap one and give a test on it. So I'm going through this thread and retrying each thing.
     
  18. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Hey that worked out :grinthumb

    Ok, just take your time (ie maybe a day or two)
     
  19. Vaughands

    Vaughands TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    Yeah, tonight I've got to go out. But tommrow I'mma start running rerunning diagnostics again. If I can get this up I'll have a laptop on my hands as well though..meh. Thanks a ton guys :)

    Is there a more then likely thing that would be causing it?
     
  20. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    99% HardDrive fault (must replace to fix)
    1% Ram or CPU
     
  21. Vaughands

    Vaughands TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    I could buy a cheap HD and use that? I've got a 500GB external I use for storing files. Is there a place I could just buy say 80GB, or even 40GB for under 30CAD?
     
  22. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    I say no more replies until you have got to the answer
    ie "I bought a new HardDrive and loaded Windows, and it all seems ok now!"
    Or I ran Memtest, and found faulty Ram, replaced it, repaired Windows, now all is ok"

    Note: This will take a few days (some users reply back weeks from now, to say if it worked, on their machine.

    Therefore, no more replies. And yes read the thread slowly (it doesn't have to be 80Gig)
     
  23. Vaughands

    Vaughands TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    Well, I'd hate to post now but I replaced the HD with a cheap 40GB HD, and tried to install. It's repeating the same problem. MemTest again or?
     
  24. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Yes either Memtest for 7 Passes, or the HardDrive data cable
    Or, you purchased a faulty HardDrive
     
  25. Vaughands

    Vaughands TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    <3 TechSpot!

    Problem was solved by resetting the CMOS battery! :) Many thanks to kimsland and other people for your time.
     
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