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error loading operating system

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by Solouko, 17 Jan 2006.

  1. Solouko

    Hitman

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    Location: North wales near Rhyl

    a friend of mine is having trouble installing windows XP, after he's formatted the disk and XP's loaded all the files and it reboots, insted of going into loading windows and the setup screen it just comes up with an error message "error loading operating system"

    any ideas why?
     
  2. UKDTweak

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    Is your hard drive a SATA disk ? did you load the drivers from floppy during the xp startup ?
     
  3. Solouko

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    i'm pretty sure its and IDE drive and XP's been loaded from an XP CD-ROM
    without looing at the comp personaly i cant give you accurate details, i just need possible causes for him to try
     
  4. subxero

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    Sometimes under the right circumstances if the PC has been clocked when installing XP it will fail to install the drivers correctly, I have seen this first hand before :(
     
  5. Solouko

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    His comp’s not been clocked yet, and I don’t think he’s planning to, a friend of mine (different friend) suggested that it might be a memory problem as when installing XP the system files are installed to and run from the preloaded memory on the first reboot so how would you test the memory without having an OS? Something that can be loaded from a boot CD-ROM (I can make one of them)
     
  6. subxero

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    Memtest, do a search for it on google ;)
     
  7. Dennisthemenace

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    Try downloading CDSpeed from the nero website and check out the XP disk itself for errors.
     
  8. Ken

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