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SATA HARD DRIVE ? XP INSTALLATION The problem is that XP installation CD does not have a SATA driver, unless you have a SATA drive on a disk etc. and can install the driver when XP asks for a hard drive driver then, XP cannot detect the hard disk and therefore won't install XP. The FIX. Go into the BIOS and disable the SATA drive (enable IDE emulation), this will make XP think it is a IDE/PATA hard disk. Then you can install XP normally. When Windows has been installed then install all the device drivers (including the SATA driver), then shut down and boot up and got into the BIOS and enable the SATA drive. If enabling the SATA in the BIOS does not allow the computer to boot up with SATA hard drive then change the BIOS back to what it was previously.
Computers can be quite fickle in operation, and in extreme cases, a user may work on a PC that seems to have a mind of its own by shutting down at random integrals. Fortunately there are several troubleshooting tips you can use to save your computer and increase your device's performance.
Running the Computer Check Disk Function 1. Determine whether you are using Windows XP or Windows Vista. XP users can simply click on the "Windows Start Button" and then go to the "Run" link. Once run pops up type in "CMD" and hit enter which will cause the MS DOS prompt to appear. Type in "CHKDSK /r" which will check for hard disk errors. Vista users need to click on "Start" then go to "Accessories" followed by "System Tools" and then run the MSDOS program followed by "CHKDSK /r" 2. Insert your restore CD if errors are found and not fixed by the check disk function listed above. 3. Turn your computer off and then back on. You'll be asked to hit any button to boot from your CD; press any key. You will then be asked if you want to install a fresh version of your OS or "Repair" a current copy. Choose the "Repair" option and allow the computer to go through the necessary steps. 4. After the repair function has run, turn your computer off and then back on. Wait and see if the computer shuts down again. If it does not shut down, your computer's restore function has fixed the file, which was probably caused by a bad system file.
Fixing Computer Shut Downs Via The Powersource 1.Check if your powersource is properly connected inside your computer. Your powersource is the large box that your computer's powercable plugs into. If this connection becomes loose, it can lead to powerdown issues. 2.Unplug your power source and plug it back in. Also make sure that the correct power setting "The little red tab on the back of the box" is set to the proper manufacturer's defaults. If you have any doubt what this setting should be, call the manufacturer for assistance. 3.Have your power source tested at a local computer store if the issue persists. A computer tech can check for any faults in the power source and tell you if you need to purchase a new power source.
Fix Your Computer With Virus and Spyware Apps 1.Download a virus scan if you don't already have one on your computer. "AVG" is a great free option as well as a Spyware App such as Adaware, which can be found at Download.com (see Resources). 2.Install both your virus scan and spyware applications by following the simple installation instructions. 3.Run both the virus scan and spyware applications and tell the programs to "Heal or Remove" any infections that are found. This should help with shutdown issues if your computer is infected by certain programs.
Click on my computer.
Right Click on the C: drive.
Error checking: Check now.
Choose automaticly fix file system errors.
Start, Yes, OK, Reboot the PC.
On boot a blue screen will launch and run for 5 - 20 minutes.
It wll reboot into windows when completed.
I assume you know how to get into the BIOS screen. If not watch carefully while the system boots. It will tell you which key to press. It could be del(delete) or F2 or F8. Once you know that, shut down the system. wait about 30 seconds. Turn the computer on. Immediately start pressing the key to get into BIOS. Once in, change the sequence of boot device from Hard disk to CD drive. save and exit. open the cd tray put your XP CD in it. switch off the system. Write down the CD key on a sheet of paper. It is a 20 character long code. You will find it on the back of the PC. switch on the computer. Your computer will boot from the CD and give you the installation screen. Select fresh installation. Let it complete. It may ask a few questions like your name, computer name domain etc. You may name it as you wish.
If its the full windows xp cd by booting it from the cd drive it will erase everything and ask if you want to upgrade or advanced install I think. Your correct in choosing the atapi cd-rom as 1st boot device. The cd should be in the drive on startup. IDE is the type of hard disk drive. I'm guessing the FDD stands for floppy disk drive which you might not have that many but you have that many bay windows available.
Put disk in, shut down computer, Start computer and it should give you the xp disk contents. Be aware of data loss though.
ok if it is windows xp and u want to format it then what u can try is that if u have the option for the complete pc restore,then what u need to do is that shut down the computer completely and then all u need to do is that shut down the computer completely from the power button and then press and hold down the "ctrl" button and then press the power button only once and keep tapping the f11 key on the keyboard....and follow the instruction that says complete factory setting and then it will give u some message from symantec and then click on ok and the computer will be format,all u need to do is follow the instruction very carefully.....
or u can try once again,shut down the computer and then press the power button only once and keep tapping f12 key on the keyboard and then highlight the cd drive and then put nthe xp disk in and keep tapping enter and enter and enter untill it will take u to the windows set up screen and then it will give u the option to press R to repair and esc to continue and press esc on the keyboard and then delete all the partition the instructuin will be given just read it carefully and it will be formatted........hope this will work take care...
Glad to hear you have your OS disc handy... let's try this:
Insert your XP CD and when it asks if you want to boot from the CD, press any key (ENTER) to do so. When asked, press ENTER ("To setup Windows XP now") and follow these steps...
To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press "R"
To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press "F3".
Press Enter to start the Windows Setup. DO NOT choose "To repair a
Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console". You Do
Not want to load the Recovery Console.
Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.
Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press "R"
to start the repair. ((Note: If Repair is not one of the options, END setup.
After the reboot read Warning#2! ))
Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and at some point the system will reboot. When this happens, you want to now allow the system to boot from the hard disk but leave the CD in the drive. So do
not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears. Setup will
continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and
settings will remain intact.
The computer is just doing it's internal diagnostics before it shuts down. This uses fairly little amount of physical memory. Every computer handles it differently depending on your configuration. If the computer does shut down on it's own....there is no real problem present.