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Can't Install windows xp home edition sp3 on Dimension 4600

I have a Dell Dimension 4600i, I've installed windows 2000 on it then i wanted windows xp back so installed windows xp home edition sp1. But it gives me entity errors on kernel32.dll whenever i try to install a program like chrome or jdk(java) so i borrowed my friend's xp3 disk and tried installing it on my pc. After the cd extracts files to the hard drive it restarted, then i worked fine until the 34 minutes remaining mark. It when in to a black screen and my monitor switches from analog to digital and back to find a signal, I don't know what to do anymore.... My pc is kind of changed. My fan broke and I was too lazy to buy a old dell fan from ebay so I got a regular fan, same speed same size then got two pin connectors then unplugged the floppy, connected the fan port with the floppy power port then it worked, just so the motherboard wont overheat. Also i got rid of the old ram and replaced it with ddr 1 cl3 1gb ram and two ddr 1 cl3 250mb ram. I'm pretty sure the ram has nothing to do with it but the fan gets me worried..

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  • June wi May 04, 2013

    Please I'm in a hurry..........

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan May 05, 2013

    Thanks for getting back windows can be a pain have do you have automatic updates turned on or tried running automatic up dates

  • June wi May 06, 2013

    Yeah, but it is fixed now thanks

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Lets start at the ram always place the largest ram module closest the CPU central processing unit.
One bad lead can cause a computer to continue on a cycle of restarting or to shutdown or fail to detect/ boot up a computer hard drive
WARNING: Before you start troubleshooting remember that you are dealing with electricity that can KILL.
http://www.kitchentablecomputers.com/static.php - rules
Only work inside the computer case when the power has been switched off and disconnected. Never open the power source.
Some of the below steps recommend removing physical parts within the computer.
While in the computer it is highly recommend that you be aware of ESD and its potential hazards
Remove the memory modules from their slots.
Take the opportunity to clean the slots on the motherboards and the memory module connectors.
Use compressed air to blow dust away and clean contacts with a soft cloth.
Do not use a metallic vacuum cleaner if it touches any component it may create a short and cause damage to the motherboard or other components.
Do not use solvent that may attract dust and never poke things like cotton buds in to slots. lightly rub an alcohol (Methylated Spirits) on a cloth not to hard let the alcohol do the work on the copper gold or silver tabs and r
Allow the pins to dry.
They will air dry in a matter of minutes.
If reseating the memory did not resolve the issue try swapping the location of the memory.
If you have only one stick of memory in the computer try moving it to another slot and then boot the computer.
Check the memory module and memory slot contacts.
They are either copper tin or gold.
The colour will tell you which they are.
Mixing tin and gold can result in corrosion that prevents proper contact.
Look for any sign of physical damage to the memory module, memory slots or the motherboard.
Reseat the memory modules.
You should hear an audible click when they are in place.
Do not use too much force to reseat the memory module in to the slot this can cause damage to the module, slot or motherboard.
The hardware that you are trying to access is damaged or failing.

The device drivers for the hardware are faulty or incompatible.
Could be a problem with the Hard Drive or the Hard drives PCB
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=du0Qd_3wFWM
There is a connection problem such as a bad cable
for internal hard drives

Test all power and data leads that attach to your hard drive IDE,SATA

the leads from your MOTHERBOARD TO THE HARD DRIVE make sure they have a
secure dust free connections and are not faulty or just replace them they could be faulty if its a flat 40pin ide
this will be the first to fail
Make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd and floppy (If Applicable) have secure connections and are not faulty.
or just replace them they could be faulty a computer needs power and data to travel through every working device and continue its cycle and have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/help/learn-how-to-install-windows-xp-service-pack-3-sp3

if you need more help with this post a reply

Posted on May 04, 2013

Testimonial: "So, Like you said, I have replaced the RAM but that did not work, so I have been thinking and I thought it would be either the fan or the graphics card. So I first tried installing win xp sp3 and like usual, it would go black screen on 34 min mark. So I took a look at the computer and shut it down. I noticed that the motherboard has a intel graphics card on it. So I unplugged the DVI from the Graphics card, got a vga cable and plugged that into the mother board. And when I started the pc, the windows installed fine, it worked! So the graphics card was the problem. But the graphics are fine after I installed the drivers and it works perfectly. Thanks you for helping. "

  • June wi May 05, 2013

    Thank You so much, the RAM was placed right but the thing is my computer is dusty, so I will clean it. also my hdd says i ATA, my friend tells me ATA is PATA like it's the one before SATA I don't know if this has to do with the problem. But I currrently tried running linux Ubuntu on this pc and it works fine, but the only problem is that when I install the graphics driver the screen goes black. So I'm thinking if it is the graphics card, like when windows configures it it fails........ But thank you any ways. http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t...

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Hello Wademyd,
It seems that the installation CD that you have is not a bootable CD.. must be old one.
Please down load the boot disk for windows from http://www.bootdisk.com or follow the Microsoft article link given below:
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=310994
Do not be intimidated by the article, although it looks big but there is very little that you need to do, rest of it is general instructions like where can you order a new CD from etc...
OR
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SOURCE: Deleting old SP1 partition on dell 2400

Sound like you have two versions of the operating system out there. Not sure what your question is. If you want to remove the old version you should have done that while you were doing the installation. That would have been easy by just telling the system to do it for you.

Now you will probably need some type of partitioning software and i'm not sure if you just delete it if it will cause problems when you try to boot because windows knows it's out there.

If I were you, I would just reinstall windows and clean the disk of everything. It shows you what it finds out there as far as operating systems, so just delete them both, then do a quick NTFS format of the drive and reinstall windows.

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