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Windows xp install troubles

By Quantex_rox
Mar 11, 2008
  1. My friend got a new hard drive for his computer, so he wanted me to install XP on it. So i brought it over, and tried to install. But gets to the part where it copies the files, and it gets about 2-3%, then just sits there, after about 10 mins, it starts back up. Now it is just completely stuck at 37%. We tried 4 different cd drives, and it still won't go. The cd drive will spin up, but nothing happens.

    His computer is:
    Dell optiplex 160L
    2.4ghz pentium 4
    512mb ddr-266 ram
    integrated intel extreme graphics 64mb
    standard dell motherboard
    Netgear 802.11G 108mb/s pci wireless card
     
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,077   +84 Staff Member

    Test the HDD with one of these utilities and try your CD on another PC.
     
  3. resu

    resu TS Rookie Posts: 218

    sounds like the hdd .. tho i have had the same near enough with a dodgy copy of xp . back in the day
    took me ages to sort it out and in the end i had to get another copy from another mate

    how old is the harddrive anyway?
     
  4. Quantex_rox

    Quantex_rox TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 152

    the hd is a brand new 160gb seagate we just bought for him from newegg.

    We fixed it though, it turns out dell bioses for some reason have a setting to run the cpu at a "compatable" mode, IE it runs it at a super slow speed. Setting it back to normal (2.4ghz) took only 15 mins to install xp.
     
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