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Was told I need a new HD on my T3504 so I put one in

Refomatted the hard drive using Windows 98 cd, that took an hour but when I tryed to use the T3504 Restore CD I got a blue screen with 0XC0000263 so I went back and installed Windows 98 3nd Ed. now it is doing the same thing as it was doing before I put in the new hard drive that is Windows starts booting but then it shuts down and reboots, and then repeats. I got as far as interring the windows key numbers which it accepts but it then reboots. I thought if I got a windows OS installed fully maybe the T3504 restore CD would work. Now I think there may be more work with the PC. Thanks John

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You should make use of the original Microsoft windows xp service pack 2

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Most new hard disks have a template pasted to the top of the drive, which shows which pins must be set or "jumped" in order to make the settings you require. It sounds as if you have the new HD set to slave, not Primary/boot.

Shut down the PC completely, but do not unplug it, as you need the ground for safety.

Open the PC again, and take a close look at how it is set. While you're there, make doubly sure that you have plugged things in properly. If you have the interface off by one pin, it will not work. If you do not have it pushed in tightly, it will not work. These are all little things, but they add up to a non-working Hard Disk.

Go back, look again, ensure that all is set exactly as it should be. If you still have the old hard drive handy, and it is the exact same model as you just reinstalled new, then compare the jumper settings for the two and make sure that the new drive is set the same way as the older drive.

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If XP will not install from the CD or if you have a new drive with no operating system onit yet try these:

Install Windows XP from the hard drive with Windows 98 already installed:

Boot Windows 98
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Go into C:\i386 folder and double click on winnt32.exe to launch the setup from the hard drive

Install Windows XP from DOS (ie. no OS on a new hard drive):

Boot with a Windows 98 Start Up disk
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It is possible that your hard drive is a SATA and therefore not readily readable by 98, XP but surprised not even by Vista. In any case, since you would still prefer to run XP (due to other software compatibility issues), pls press F6 when prompted by the XP installer. Additionally, you would need to have ready in a floppy the appropriate SATA drivers for your motherboard. They maybe downloaded from the motherboard manufacturer's website or possibly in the installer/driver CD that came with the PC.

Other than the above, it is also possible that you may have some issues with the availability of XP drivers for the other devices for that computer specially if it is branded.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

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