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« on: February 12, 2008, 03:23:44 PM »

Hi, I'm writing this for a friend since his computer is currently not working. I'll try to describe the problem the best i can but I might be missing some details since my friend only described it to me over the phone.

So a few days ago he was running vista but he decided to format his hard disc and install xp + sp2 due to some programs he needed to use being incompatible with vista

Apparently formatting went fine but after that something goes wrong. The computer reboots but instead of continueing the Windows xp + sp2 installation it automatically boots from the cd instead. So my friend tried to remove the DVD-drive from the boot prioties in the BIOS. But after that the computer still does not continue the xp installation but instead keeps rebooting.

The cd should be working fine since he's used it before and it's not scratched or anything. He also tried installing vista again after the xp installation failed, he was unable to do that though. Not sure what the problem was but apparently it just wouldn't let him install it.
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« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2008, 09:36:31 AM »

Check with your friend if he has a floppy drive in his computer, because this sounds like he needs to completely erase any and all previous info on this harddrive.

Also ask him if his hard drive is running off a regular IDE cable or if it's a S-ATA drive.

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