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Win XP installation problems (hardware suspected)

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Monk, Jun 11, 2004.

  1. Monk

    Monk Guest

    Why does Win XP take hours to re-install on my (second) PC system?

    I have opened the machine, checked everything is undamaged. When XP
    was running on it, there were no speed problems with either the CD
    drives or the processor. I have tried installing from each CD drive,
    even changed the IDE cable, confirmed that the installation disc works
    in my main PC, even tried installing from the Win XP CD that came with
    my main PC, but all to no avail.

    This particular machine has given problems in the past. When I
    upgraded from ME to XP in the past, there were blue screen errors
    during installation (hardware failures, telling me to contact my
    hardware vendor), though these seemed to have disappeared after I
    disabled the USB in BIOS. XP has worked on the machine for about 6
    months prior to this re-installation.
    Monk, Jun 11, 2004
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  2. Monk

    Bob Day Guest

    Check out the hardware:

    1. Make sure your CPU and case temperatures are OK, and
    that the CPU fan, case fans, and any other fans are

    2. Shut down your computer and turn off power *at the
    surge protector* (which cuts off standby power while
    leaving your computer grounded) or unplug it. Take
    the standard protections against static electricity
    (wear a wrist strap or keep one hand grounded at all

    3. Open up your computer and dust it out. *Do not use a
    vacuum cleaner* - it might cause static discharge.
    Get some dust remover spray (RadioShack has it) and
    a dust mask, and take your computer outside and spray
    out the dust. Keep the end of the spray straw at least
    six inches from any components and keep it moving so as
    to avoid excessive thermal shock to the components.

    5. If your computer is a few years old, remove your CMOS
    battery and check its voltage (or just replace it). In
    any case, Clear CMOS (see your mainboard manual for how to
    do it) and set up your BIOS again.

    6. Run a few cycles of "memtest86" (download from
    http://www.memtest86.com) to thoroughly check out your
    memory. You should get zero errors.

    -- Bob Day
    Bob Day, Jun 11, 2004
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  3. Monk

    Bob Day Guest

    Sorry, I omitted a step:

    4. Reseat all the modules, including the memory modules,
    and cables inside your computer.

    -- Bob Day
    Bob Day, Jun 11, 2004
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