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    Exclamation Cannot boot into xp

    getting disk error - press ctrl-alt-del to continue

    reinstalling from scratch doesn't work - get same error. Windows 98 works but if we try and install xp again we get the same error every time the computer boots fom the hard drive. This happens on both hard drives we've tried.

    with thanks
    J.

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    Default Re: Cannot boot into xp

    Possibly hard drive/s is/are damaged/corrupt (bad sectors), try booting into Recovery Console and running chkdsk /r
    http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000627.htm
    http://www.computerhope.com/msdos.htm

    Perhaps if you start by deleting all partition/s, and setting it/them up again with fdisk, then formatting, and then try installing XP.

    You're not trying to upgrade from 98 to XP are you?
    You could also have a motherboard problem, how old is this computer?
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    Default Re: Cannot boot into xp

    It's fairly old - DELL 4400. I've used FDisk and formated and chkdsked /f /r. It was running XP then died. Turned out the previous repairer left the new disk unplugged and the old one plugged in. Same thing is happening with the new disk. The only way to get XP installed is to FDISK and Format with Win98 CD (only put DOS boot files on). Then I booted up with XP CD and then installed XP leaving file system intact (did NOT convert to NTFS). Had a search on the internet - this is a common problem.

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    Default Re: Cannot boot into xp

    Quote Originally Posted by JaceKiwi View Post
    It's fairly old - DELL 4400. I've used FDisk and formated and chkdsked /f /r. It was running XP then died. Turned out the previous repairer left the new disk unplugged and the old one plugged in. Same thing is happening with the new disk. The only way to get XP installed is to FDISK and Format with Win98 CD (only put DOS boot files on). Then I booted up with XP CD and then installed XP leaving file system intact (did NOT convert to NTFS). Had a search on the internet - this is a common problem.
    you answering your own question??

    are you JaceNZ aswell
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    Default Re: Cannot boot into xp

    it worked for a few hours then random problems - suspect motherboard so the hard drives are in another computer - now we have speed on top of reliablilty

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    Default Re: Cannot boot into xp

    Download and run Memtest86+, could be faulty RAM.

    If Memtest finds anything, try taking the RAM sticks out and cleaning the contacts. Sometimes that can help...
    Non-system disk or disk error. Replace and strike any key when ready.

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