Sounds like a problem with the HDD. Google Widows XP blue screen. I had to replace my HDD once when I had the same problem.
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Been dual-booting Win/Unix/Linux for many years now, have destroyed a few hard-drives along the way so I feel your pain Benchy.
If you're trying to do a clean install of Windows as per that last link and you're getting blue-screened, either;
1) The primary and/or extended partition table(s) on the hard-drive is ****ed
2) The Master Boot Record (MBR) is ****ed
3) Hard-drive has bad sectors
4) The WinXP CD is indeed ****ed (not that likely I reckon)
Most L/Unix's can install over a bad MBR so that it was able to isn't noteworthy. Can cause some weird hard-drive behaviour down the track, though.
A few options in increasing order of ****tiness and it depends on exactly what's wrong;
a) Use Partition Magic or something similar on someone else's machine to make a boot disk. It'll run a basic version of Partition Magic to rejuvenate the MBR/partition table before trying to install WinXP again. Sometimes just doing this can solve the problem
b) Use a live version of Linux (Knoppix, Ubuntu, etc.) which will run off a CD/USB flash drive. Use that to run a check on the hard-drive for bad sectors and then do both a destructive partition/format AND low-level format and then re-install Windows. I can't remember the name of the tools in Ubuntu, haven't used it in a while but you should be able to find one or the main partitioning program which does a check on the HDD.
Bad sectors = new hard-drive in my experience. Some software companies claim you can fix them, generally they're bollox. Some software can make the hard-drive work for a time but eventually you'll need a new one.
c) Take to a shop.
If you haven't done stuff like a) or b), do c). It's not that complex to try to fix the problems (assuming no bad sectors) but without experience, can take hours to figure it out and there are heaps of pitfalls which can take longer to get out of. I'd say unless you're a die-hard DIY-type, not really worth the effort.
Last edited by Top_Cat; 13-04-2011 at 01:04 AM.
Maybe if you format the harddrive before putting the Windows cd in.
Use an ubuntu live cd or a gparted cd to format the hard drive and then try installing windows.
Cheers for your help ****s.
Reckon I might take it in to the shop, make them deal with it. Sent an email to the IT gimps at work, they had no idea what was going on.
Why do you all do this ****, with ubuntu, zulu, masai or whatever it's called - sounds like a ****ing African tribe. Just buy a ****ing laptop/ PC or whatever, run windows on the ****ing thing like the rest of normal humanity and be ****ing well done with it!
Jesus Christ - why do you need this ****? Just have Windows - the whole bloody world uses it. Computer snobbery rivalling music snobbery here now. Dire.
Who gives a ****, as long as you can log onto CW, get emails and look at p0rn? What else are computers for anyway?
Last edited by Burgey; 13-04-2011 at 01:13 AM.
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