Problems installing Windows XP on new computer

By maddshadez
Sep 30, 2006
  1. Hi Folks, first post here, hopefully you an help me as well as I've seen you help others.

    I built a new computer for my mom this week, and everything is new save the OS
    Gigabyte Mobo, 2800 sempron processor
    agp radeon 9550
    MDT 80 gig hard drive
    256 megs 3200 DDR ram
    maxtor 52x cdrw

    the windows disk is one i bought for my computer, full version, and I just re-installed it on mine with no problems a few weeks ago.

    On my mom's computer, i go to install, and everything seems kosher at first. When XP begins loading the initial set-up files, a warning pops up saying it cannt install a file (usually dvdplay or something benign) and gives the option to hit escape to skip. doing so leads to a couple dozen more file that cannot be installed, therefore xp cannot fully load, and crashes at the GUI part of the install. I have never seen a problem where files from the initial install can't be loaded onto a clean hard drive. I have formated and tried again with no luck. Sometimes when rebooting i get the error "NTLDR is missing" which indicates a problem with the partitioning or something? I'm not sure if they are related. could it be a bad hard drive? Any help you could give me is appreciated. thanks!

    dj Baker
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,182   +469

    What is an MDT hard drive? I'm not familiar with that brand. In any case, is it a SATA hard drive?
  3. maddshadez

    maddshadez TS Rookie Topic Starter

    it stands for magnetic data tech, and it's just a plane jane IDE install
  4. hnsexeter

    hnsexeter TS Rookie Posts: 43

    check the IDE cable, if fine - replace the hard disk - sounds like its not writing to it properly to me

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