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Freezing up when installing winxp pro.

I have an IBM Thinpad t21. I had not used it for several months, when i turend it on it foze, so i tried to reinstall winxp pro. it goes through the setup then when it is installing windows, at the 34 - 36 minutes remaining, it just freezes. I have it set to boot from the cd drive, also tried from the c: drive. still freezes. I have removed the RAM chips , onre at a time thing it was a hardware problem.

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    tthomason Jan 25, 2009

    i do not have the win85or win98 disk. i forget where i found the "repair". is is f1 or f12? i saw it before but didn't know what key they wanted me to key in.

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    tthomason Jan 26, 2009

    I have a memory stick, i cannot get a C:/. prompt to show, or load in sae mode.

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    tthomason Jan 26, 2009

    what software? can you send it?

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    tthomason Jan 26, 2009

    yes correct..thanks for your help

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    tthomason Feb 01, 2009

    I have tried all of the above. I formatted the hard drive, installed win98 then installed Wip XP and still the smae thing, freezes at the same point 34 mintes left.


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If you have or can get win95 or 98 disk these are ideal to format drive because they utilize the dos platform.
boot from 95/98 enter the dos enviroment(c:/prompt)
and type in fdisk and follow instructions...
using that command removes all data..the format command in any platform leaves data behind even though it gives a warning all data will be lost.
if cant get 95/98 os you can use xp...bootup select repair..this takes you to the dos prompt...
n.b. this is where most people go wrong in trying to repair os ....
to repair os you select install os then system checks and inform you of existing os ..continue or repair is at that point to select repair.
in ur case you choose 1st option repair.fdisk..erase partition ..create new partition..allocate space then format then exit and reboot to install whatever os you like

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    tat4u Jan 26, 2009

    yeah you gotta be quick ....

    if you have a mem stick I have software to make usb bootable and you can boot to c://prompt using usb just plug in usb and bootup and enter setup (bios) and select usb as 1st boot in boot options.

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    tat4u Jan 26, 2009

    you wont get a c:// prompt to show from usb you have to make usb bootable (create bootdisk usb)

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    tat4u Jan 26, 2009

    just tried to send email but failed is spelling correct let me know try again later today

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    tat4u Jan 26, 2009

    couldnt send file but sent link to a page with more choices maybe better suited.


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