cant reformat...

By guineypigg ยท 11 replies
May 24, 2005
  1. im having problems reformatting.
    Im runnin windows XP home edetion.
    went into bios - changed boot sequence so cd-rom boots 1st.
    I have a a cd-rw rom and a dvd-rom
    Ive tried placeing winXP in both roms.
    I boot from CD.
    I get as far as the WINDOWS SETUP. (blue screen)
    at the bottom of that screen it says...
    "Setup is loading files (hardware abstraction layer)...
    then it just freezes there,stops.
    Ive tried to reformat many times now within the last umm 5-6 months.
    Ive always only been able to get as far as that screen.
    I just reformatted my bros computer yesterday with my XP CD and it worked fine...yes its the orginal not burnt..bro used his own CD-key (NOT MINE).
    and ive also tried using another XP CD (retail copy) still only get as far as setup screen and freezes.
    any suggestions? or another way or reformatting? i got no floppys so thats outta the question.

    Please and thank you.

  2. guineypigg

    guineypigg TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Not sure if this helps but heres my specs:
    Windows XP home edition
    version 2002
    service pack 2
    AMD athlon XP 2400+
    512mb ram
    vid card = RADEON 9200se 128mb ram

    computers not even 2 years old.

    if theres anything else needed,let me know.
    really wanna reformat.
  3. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    It sounds like it's a hardware issue. Try removing everything from your motherboard, except 1 stick of RAM, your CPU, your HDD, CD-rom, and your video card. Then boot and it should go through everything. If that doens't work, post back here, and we'll figure something else out.

    :wave:Welcome to TechSpot:wave:
  4. guineypigg

    guineypigg TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hi ya Poertner,thank you for replying.
    Ive tried what u suggested,except for the RAM,ive got 2 256mb sticks installed...i'll remove one stick and try to reformat again.

    I'll post back here soon.

    Thank you again.
  5. guineypigg

    guineypigg TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Poertner....ive tried just 1 stick of ram,both sticks by themselves.
    1st time i got as far as
    Windows setup
    blank blue screen
    along the bottom it said....
    setup is loading files (kernel debugger dll)...
    2nd time i got as far as,setup is loading files (windows setup)...

    both times it froze.

    nothing plugged in but monitor,keyboard,mouse.

    Please get back to,thank you.
  6. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    Download and run Memtest86+ from

    There is an iso version that you can burn to cd then boot from that.

    This will test your ram for errors.

    Also try cleaning your cd-rom`s lenses with a cd lense cleaner.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  7. guineypigg

    guineypigg TS Rookie Topic Starter

    alright, ive tested my RAM with Memstat - No errors - Passed.
    Tested harddrive with Maxtor powermax, everything passed.

    Is there anything else i can try so reformatting with work?

    Thank you.
  8. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Maybe try changing the ide cables.

    Cleaning out any dust bunnies, and making sure everything is properly connected and seated.

    Regards Howard :confused:
  9. guineypigg

    guineypigg TS Rookie Topic Starter

    replacing things now just to reformat, sounds a lil crazy, computer is only about 18 months old. ive cleaned out what dust there was, i use pc dust covers so that helps out alot with dust protection.

    Well if theres anything else anyone can do to help me so a reformatting will work, pls tell me...i highly appreciate the replys and suggestions ive received but none have worked...thanks again...i'll be checking back in a few hours.

    If i figure it out (which i doubt) lol....i'll post and let yas know

    Thank You again.

    Ive just came across this site,seems semi-similiar to my problem, BUT i did change boot sequence to boot from cd.

    I just wanna reformat, simple task lol (usually)
  10. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

  11. guineypigg

    guineypigg TS Rookie Topic Starter

    alright ill give it a try.
    says it auto wipes the drive?
    is there a step by step how this works?
    and when will it ask me to install xp after formatting?
  12. guineypigg

    guineypigg TS Rookie Topic Starter

    do/would i have mass storage controller drivers? where maybe i gota hit F6 during setup in order to get further in the reformat process?
Topic Status:
Not open for further replies.

Similar Topics

Add your comment to this article

You need to be a member to leave a comment. Join thousands of tech enthusiasts and participate.
TechSpot Account You may also...