Have a emachine w4685 installed new hard drive used original restore dvd which loaded normal. rebooted computer windows xp home begins, ask's what country, language, time zone ect. gets to what name to call the computer you put a name in,click on the next button and that is as far as it gets. I can't get pass this page. I've reloaded the dvd same problem same page all comes to a halt.
Try Checking if your motherboards bios will recognize the hard drive. If not, Then the hard drive is probably damaged.
To access The bios, Most Motherboards open the bios when you press the delete key
If you have two or more hard drives then the settings of the jumpers eg. Slave,Master,Cable Select.
Because they might be conflicting with each other.
I had the same problem, But I tried installing XP Home edition on my secondary hard drive and it works.
But i need to insert my xp home install disc to get it the bios to recognize that windows is installed otherwise it goes " insert system disk and press enter"
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It sounds like your Windows files are corrupt. My suggestion is to use your recovery disk if you have one, if not use your OS disk and repair windows. They way you repair is to put the disk into the CDROM, and when the computer asks if you want to boot to the CD press any key, Press a Key! Then Window will load certain files, and do it's thing. Go past the request for acceptance using the F8 function key, and then it will look to see if you have an existing Windows program, at that point you can choose to repair the existing windows, Don;t install new or it will create a new location to install to. It won't erase your files. From XP SP2 on windows always creates a backup folder of the old or original OS and stores it for you to access.
After it repairs your system, it will reboot and you should be fine.
Download a program called dban. http://www.dban.org/download and mount it on a disc with another computer. Place the disk in your computer and reboot. While loading look for the boot menu option and push the button. If you missed it reboot again. When the boot menu comes up select cd-rom drive or dvd-rom drive. The program should start up. Follow the directions on the screen by typing in autonuke. The program might run for a long time(probably overnight). After it is complete. Reboot you computer, take out the disc and reboot with your original XP Pro disc. Hope this helps.
You should not use line select on any of the drives at this point. Set the jumpers on the components to one master and one slave on each channel. Personally I would put one HD and one optical drive on each channel and make the optical drives the slaves but that's not required. Win98 uses a different file system than XP (FAT32 compared to the newer NTFS) but you can still use the drive. I would copy all the files you want to save and then reformat it using NTFS for better performance.
Boot into XP, both HD should show up when the jumpers are set correctly. If they still do not show up go into your BIOS and double check that all master/slave designations match what you have set the jumpers to.
I believe you have a driver conflict Check your BIOS is set for CPU etc. And Uninstall all drivers And see if computer start with only the windows drivers present. As if you have just installed windows and no M/board drivers. And reinstall M/board drivers one at a time Should fix your problem
Have you tried to re-configure the jumpers on the back of both the hard drives? There should be a master/slave setting on the drives. On such an old PC there will be jumpers on the drives to configure. Move the jumper on the original hard drive to MASTER and the secondary drive to SLAVE setting. Also, there is a cable select setting on both the drives, when using this setting you must make sure that the MASTER Drive is attached at the end nearest the Motherboard and the secondary drive is attached at the farther end.