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Unable To Install Windows

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Dakk, Jan 26, 2007.

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  1. Dakk

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    I just order parts for a new comp on my first build. My problem is when ever i try to install xp after the reformat and its in the middle of installing files to my disk it BSOD. and When i try 2 resume or boot off my HD it says ntldr is missing. I did some googling im not sure but i think it could be the HD. Also when I try to install xp and it just started it freezes or in the middle of detecting hardware and all that stuff it freezes...may be my Optical drive?

    what do you think?
     
  2. kiwiguy

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    Some info on what the motherboard is might be useful here.

    If it is SATA are you loading the SATA drivers at the beginning of the XP install process when asked?
     
  3. MaverickUK

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    Hi,

    I'm guessing you have two sticks of RAM installed in your computer, whilst installing Windows XP remove the bottom stick and leave in the top one in whilst the installation runs and once all is completed, start up Windows normally with the two sticks.

    NTLDR is a file that is used in Windows XP, so it may be that your Windows installation is corrupt. I recommend either i repair or a re-installation of the platform.
     
  4. kiwiguy

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    But as I read it the poster is not able to install XP, so a reinstall does not seem viable.

    However the RAM is a good tip, as dodgy RAM will always show on a Windows install.
     
  5. MaverickUK

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    He can re-install with no problems what-so-ever if the bottom RAM is removed - this is often a cause of conflicting in many Windows XP installations. It's happened to me enough times ^_^

    Edit: I meant he wont have any crashing problems if this was done - at least this is the case in 95% of these problems.
     
  6. johnpost

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    that would be during the overall effort of getting XP on the
    computer, not while the installation is actually running.

    the power needs to be off when inserting and removing memory.

    MaverickUK phrased it in a way that might be taken in more than
    one way. i don't know much on grammer but i think that
    lots of words are indefinite and it's hard to know the time
    frame actually refered to.
     
  7. MaverickUK

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    Sorry, i seem to be lost? I thought he wanted to install Windows again and when he does, it simply halts? Am i going down the wrong road here? lol. By the way, i meant remove the RAM first, not actually whilst the installation is in progress - make sure the computer is OFF :)
     
  8. Dakk

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    the xp disc is good..it could be the ram. I have 2x 2gb g.skills in dual channel mode maybe thats what giving me the problem...i'll try it out...if not i already got another copy of xp on my computer ready to burn soon as i get some discs

    thank you for replying! -_-

    p.s i'll post more info later i have 2 go 2 skool -_-
     
  9. telegramsam

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    I have, in the past, actually had to WIPE the hard drive after getting the famous NTLDR error. Might run Darin's Boot N' Nuke and try again with the RAM config suggested above...
     
  10. kiwiguy

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    Installing an operating system is one of the few times all available RAM is ever used, therefore it is when any RAM problem may surface (even though they may not have been seen on the old install when it was running).

    Usual syptom is the install cannot find files however, not the one above, but I would try with one stick at a time to eliminate that.
     
  11. Rich-M

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    Remember this can also be a bad cd drive as well as cd, though the ram is the first place to look as you are doing. Is this a new hard drive? Can also be a weak hard drive as XP install stresses a hard drive more than anything else ever will.
     
  12. Dakk

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    My Motherboard is an ECS.
    Yes, this a new hard drive. This is my very first build. Everything is new but the CRT I will be using for my screen.I have shouldn't have any problems with the xp disc/ I always kept it in good condition and a friend of mine had use it recently and had no problems. I will try taking out one of the ram sticks. (by the way i mean 2x 1gb) I'll keep you posted. -_-

    thnx for replying
     
  13. Rich-M

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    ECS say no more, probably bad motherboard.
     
  14. Dakk

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    The Reviews on the board wasn't that bad. Maybe it is the board. I am still having trouble. I tried win 2k and I get the same thing. I should of went for a dell. :(
     
  15. Rich-M

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    Sorry Ecs boards are amongst the worst you could buy. PC Chips, Ecs and Chaintech are "bottom scrapers" in the mobo market.
     
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