Windows XP CD gets stuck ad the beginning

By cnone99
Mar 21, 2005
  1. Hi All,

    I have a brand new laptop and it had Windows XP Home installed. However,
    due to my special needs, I had to re-partition the windows drive and install
    windows again. However, the windows XP Home CD does get stuck after
    saying "Setup is now inspecting your computer's harware configuration"
    (the screen goes blank and the computer does not respond to the keyboard).

    I have tried XP Home CDs and recovery CDs from friends and other sources,
    but they all get stuck at the same position.

    I have tried changing some values in the BIOS that would be related. I tried
    loading the default values in BIOS; no help!

    I guess there is some hardware problem but windows was working properly
    and in fact linux I installed afterwards is working properly.

    Any ideas, suggestions?

  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    What partitioning program did you use?
    Try deleting the partitions you created and redo them using the Windows setup.
    Windows tends to crap out when it sees a broken/peculiar partition table.

    You could have an unradable WIndows CD too. Lend a working copy from someone to rule out that possibility.
  3. cnone99

    cnone99 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have used the partitioning tools from linux. I will try removing the partitions and try again.

    I have already used CDs from friends. no help.
  4. cnone99

    cnone99 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok guys, I have solved the problem.

    From linux, I have low-level formatted the windows partition

    cat /dev/zero > /dev/hda1

    Then, windows XP passed the stage where it got stuck.

    Thanks for the answers anyway.
  5. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Yes. You zeroed out the fishy bootsector and partition table it contained making Windows feel home again.
  6. stig80

    stig80 TS Rookie


    I have the same problem about "setup is inspecting.....".
    visit this for solution
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