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Kirk Journy Nov 20, 2009, 03:50pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Attempting to reinstall XP on my computer with a new hard drive. Installation runs fine until 13 minutes remaining when the screen flickers briefly, as if a screen were being displayed too briefly to be read. The install then proceeds to '9 Minutes Remaining'. At this point the computer crashes. No messages, just reboots the computer and restarts the installation process.
Every time.
I have tried two different hard drives, removing everything except the motherboard, hard drive, and DVD drive and messing with the BIOS every way I can think of. Nothing works.
Note that before my old hard drive crapped out, I was running XP on it fine, from the same install disc. When I installed it a couple of years ago, I had the same problem but solved it by ensuring that the system boot sequence was 1)floppy, 2)Hard drive 3)CD.
That is not solving the problem this time.
Any help would be appreciated. This is particularly frustrating because the problem waits until juuuuuuuuust before I am finished to screw me. >:o


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Meats_Of_Evil Nov 20, 2009, 07:25pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: XP install crashes at 9 minutes remaining
You could try re-inserting your Ram or changing them from position.

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kOrny Nov 20, 2009, 07:32pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: XP install crashes at 9 minutes remaining
Could be your install disc too. Make sure its clean.

Kirk Journy Nov 20, 2009, 08:52pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: XP install crashes at 9 minutes remaining
Sorry, no joy.:(
I tried re-seating the ram, also switching them around.
I tried cleaning the original install disc (i used the old tooth paste trick)
This time it got to 5 minutes, then rebooted back to the start.

Meats_Of_Evil Nov 21, 2009, 01:06am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: XP install crashes at 9 minutes remaining
weird if it did reduce the counter then shouldn't it be the disc? :~

I think you'll need to download XP from the internet and burn it to another disc, if that works then you know what the problem was.

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Kirk Journy Nov 21, 2009, 11:59am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Nov 21, 2009, 11:59am EST

 
>> Re: XP install crashes at 9 minutes remaining
Well, the good news is that I got XP installed and running fine.:D
The (mildly) bad news is how. :P
Basically, I just kept shifting stuff around and changing settings until it worked. No clue why this particular arrangement works and others didn't, but I can't really complain.:blush:
I AM noting down EVERY detail about my current setup, so next time I can hopefully avoid the grief.8)




Not really counting on it, though. ;)

Meats_Of_Evil Nov 21, 2009, 06:24pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: XP install crashes at 9 minutes remaining
I kinda hate when weird things like that happens. It defies your entire logic of your computers and I feel like crying :(

good thing you solved it though. Now download a backup copy of Windows XP just in case.

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