W2000K and XP on Time computers - incompatiability issue?

By vega ยท 7 replies
Mar 7, 2005
  1. My friend recently bought a Time computer system in for me to look at as it was'nt booting up.
    On closer inspection, I found that the os (98) was missing quite a few files so decided to reinstall new os (w2k).
    However, after changing from fat32 to ntsf, formatting, and installing the new os, I found that whenever the computer booted up, just after POST, the boot would come to an halt with a blue screen and message indicating that I should contact the vendor concerning this issue - I checked the hd for corruption, viruses etc but found nothing but strangely enough, when I decided to take the hd out of the computer and place it into another case, it booted up fine - I tried it in two other pc's and again, it booted up successfully but when I placed it back into the Time computer, all I got was the same error message - do time computers have a compatiability issue with w2k or xp?
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    In the BIOS is a switch for PNP-OS or something. This must be OFF for anything above W98.
    You could also try FAT32, not sure if that would make much of a difference, though.
  3. vega

    vega TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 147

    Blackstuff - unfortunately, no joy in that dept, thanks for the input nevertheless.
  4. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,094

    Did you check the Hal list for Hardware conflicts?
  5. vega

    vega TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 147

    Sorry Liquidlen, you've lost me - HAL list? :confused:
  6. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,094

    It is the list of approved hardware at the Microsoft Web site.
    You can check against it to see if there are compatibility issues with the components in your machine.
  7. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Take that HD out again , put in the other PC and run chkdsk /f.
    Try a REPAIR.
  8. deadice

    deadice TS Rookie

    the wink2k problem

    ok, the reason that your having trouble with Win2k is pretty simple. And no where near as technical as you'd expect.
    How do i know whats wrong?
    I used to work for Tiny.
    The reason it wont boot is....
    there is a hidden image on your hard drive of windows Xp. If you install a different system (even a different version of Xp that is different from tiny's image) it aint gonna work.

    How to access the hidden image?
    Well, that is something not even I know how to do.
    Tried all sorts of ghost programs to access and remove it. but nope.
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