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HELP, i cant install XP

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by scoobie_wrc, 21 May 2006.

  1. scoobie_wrc

    Gangster

    Joined: 13 Aug 2005

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    all was fine till this morning when my pc started playing up

    so i thought i'd do a full re-install to clear all the junk out i had

    problem is i cant now install XP, when i select the partiton to install it to it says it isnt XP format (or something like that), not sure what format it is but i put another HD in (NTFC or whatever its called) but it wont let me do it on that either, same message as before

    im currently using a 4gig (of which i can only see 2) to try and get help, so i thought i'd come to the number 1 place, HERE

    ive deleted partition, created them, everything

    PLEASE HELP
     
  2. SiriusB

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    Joined: 16 Dec 2005

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    Location: Manchester

    Okay, going to start with the basics.

    Your HDDs are being plugged in properly, right? Make sure to check the connection on the mobo too.

    Have your tried another Windows disc? Yours may be corrupted so no matter how many HDDs you try you will have the same issue.

    SiriusB
     
  3. ns400r

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    Location: UK, Near the middle......

    A full copy of the exact error message might also help.
     
  4. scoobie_wrc

    Gangster

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    hi, all connections are good, ive only got 1 copy of xp (not a copy but 1 copy if u know what i mean) havent even got win98 laying around to try

    dont have a spare £70-odd notes to but another either :(
     
  5. scoobie_wrc

    Gangster

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    right, gimme 10 minutes while i swap the HD's over and take the message down, i'll be as quick as i can
     
  6. scoobie_wrc

    Gangster

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    when it asks where i want to install it says this





    C:pARTITION 1 [UNKOWN]
    UNPARTITIONED SPACE



    so when i select C, i get this





    to install windows xp on the partition you selected, setup must write some startup files on the following disc

    unknown disc

    however this disc does not contain a windows xp compatable partition :mad:
     
  7. SiriusB

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    Just had a thought... are you using SATA HDDs? If so have you installed the drivers for them? [Windows asks you to install them a few mins into the install by pressing F6].

    SiriusB
     
  8. scoobie_wrc

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    aint got a clue if theyre SATA or not m8 but have never installed any drivers b4
     
  9. SiriusB

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    Do your HDDs have nice slim cables with an L-shaped plug at each end... or is it a big flat grey cable with a big rectangle plug on each end?

    SiriusB
     
  10. scoobie_wrc

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    big fat buggers with a rectangle plug ;)
     
  11. bledd

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    are there any options to delete partitions?

    D, then enter, then L usually..
     
  12. scoobie_wrc

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    yeah but when i delete/create them its still the same

    "its not windows xp compatable"

    ive been working on it for 8 hours now, doing the same old thing in the hope it decides to work :(
     
  13. ns400r

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    Grab yourself a boot disk with some basic disk tools on.
    Then test the disk and delete/remove/remake the partition.

    Try a Win98se disk from www.bootdisk.com
     
  14. Grimgoth

    Hitman

    Joined: 3 Nov 2004

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    just a thought to follow on from the boot disks- it could just be that the master boot record tables on your hard drives are completely skewered.

    what make hd's? try downloading some diagnostic tools from the manufacturer
     
  15. scoobie_wrc

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    SORTED, i still had my pci cards inplace, got ****** off, removed them and it worked 1st time :D