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« on: January 04, 2004, 02:52:04 AM »

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Hey. I just recently upgraded my computer with a few bits. First I started out with a ECS P4VMM2 478pin P4 motherboard and a 1.7Gig P4 Celeron CPU. Put them together, re-installed XP and everthing was peachy. Then I tried running some games like Unreal 2 and Halo, but they were choppy and I decided to get a pair of 256mbs DDR ram chips. Installed them, but no improvment over the 256 PC100 I was running before. So I decided to do a complete re-install again, but this time during the install, missing file problems kept popping up, after clicking retry, it copied the file and went on. After the installation, windows was constantly crashing with the blue screen saying "windows has stopped your computer to protect it from being damaged --- blah blah blah". So I retained a new XP cd, and tried to re-install XP yet again, but this time when I tried to format using the NTFS format, it would format to 100%, but say that there was an error in the format, and that my disk may be damaged. So I tried again, same thing. Tried swapping ram with my old pc100, and trying again, NO LUCK!.. I tried another Hard drive, same thing! I just got ahold of a friends Hard drive to see if it could have been a fluke, but still the same error "cannot format, disk may be damaged"..

So now, after 9 hours of watching the format percent rise to 100, getting anxious and getting angry, ive seeked out some help!

So heres the info on my system :

-ECS P4VMM2 motherboard
-Intel Celeron 1.7gig 478pin
-Fujitsu 8 gig harddrive
- 2x 256DDR/266 ram (yes the board does support these chips)
-nVidia Geforce4 MX420 3D video card

Any ideas, or help would be greatly appreciated! Im tearing my hair out over this!:(

Thanks,

Nicholas



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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2004, 05:46:05 AM »

Did you Fdisk to clean off the whole drive and reformat.
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