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installing xp taking waaay too long

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by junkheadams, Apr 18, 2006.

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  1. junkheadams

    junkheadams Thread Starter

    Apr 18, 2006
    I'm trying to install Windows XP on a machine that was just put together. I started installing XP 4 or 5 hours ago. It's saying 37 minutes remaining right now. almost three hours ago it was at 39 minutes remaining. This isn't my first attempt installing xp on this machine. I've swapped out the HD, the CD drive, tested the memory and checked the jumpers. Everything appears to be okay in the bios (although i'm not an expert). Nothing seems to work. I'm sure it's not the CD, i used it earlier today on my machine with no problems. Any ideas what the problem could be?

    Here's what's in it:

    p4 2.0 processor
    80 gig HD
    ATI 64mb pci video card
    sony cdrw drive
    256 ram (pc2100)
    i forget what brand the motherboard is

    All the parts are ones that I've used in the past and never had any problems like this. Any advise would be appreciated.
  2. james2mart


    Apr 18, 2006
    I have heard of issues of installing XP with a cdrw drive, as well as dvd drives. If possible, try another cd drive. Also be sure to check that your slaves/masters are set correctly. (if drive is the only one on the IDE channel, it should be master.)
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