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Re: cannot upgrade pc to xp
Hi again sberg569, I see more post from you on this subject. If ME was installed by a manufacture (Not by you). There is most likely a small hidden partition at the top of the drive. Too small to allow windows to install. Suggest you download & run Darik's Boot And Nuke software. http://www.dban.org/download Choose your bootable software. Floppy disk or CD-ROM software. Darik's software will completely wipe the drive including any hidden partitions. Once completed window should install normally.
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From what you are descrbing it sounds like a PSU issue
Please try the following
1) Remove all the wires from the PC
2) Press and hold the power button in for about 10 seconds (yes i know there is no power :) )
3) Plug everything back in and retry, if it still fails the Power supply will need to be changed
The Power supply can be swapped out at any decent PC repair shop and is quite cheap to do
It could ofcourse be a virus, so I'd recommend a system restore back to before that happened. If that doesn't help load a backup or do a clean install.
Could also be the power connector on your motherboard is shorting with the reset connector (they're right next to each other) Maybe you'd check that first, before the clean install. Don't know if that mobo has a reset button though. They're usually in the right bottom corner of the mobo, together with all the other front panel connectors. Maybe you could insulate the power and reset buttons?
Else you could always buy socket with an off/off switch, and connect the PC to that. Just shutting it down and than turning off the socket when the reboot starts won't hurt the PC.
Try this. Press Delete right after your pc starts up and keep hitting it until you go into the BIOS setup. It should be the delete button you hit. It should say right after the screen shows up. Anyway, in the bios there should be power options and it needs to be looked at and changed. It is probably set for pc shutdown after inactivity after so many minutes. I am not sure what you should find but look for something in the power options in the BIOS. Just ask for more help on this matter only. email@example.com
I can try and suggest you check the cables from you CD-ROM, any sort of damage the CD might have.
Or then again, if your Hard Drive is SATA connected, then you'll need to load the SATA controler (F6 on the windows instalation)
And, in last case, either upgrade your bios or try a different CD-ROM drive unit.
But I would defenatly put my money on the cables.