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Can't install XP

I recently got a Viewsonic V100 Tablet PC and was told it had a faulty hard drive.

I've formatted and tested the HD using a USB external enclosure I have. It will format to 98% then gets stuck. I used Computer Management Services to quick format 2 partitions on the the 20 gig drive... one 19 gig partition I named 'main' and a 1 gig partition I called 'dead'. Strangely, both partitions seem to work flawlessly with my laptop using the enclosure.

The tablet has no cd rom or floppy drive so i've tried several methods of installing xp from win 98 boot files placed on a usb thumb drive and the hard drive i mentioned. I get through the MS DOS potion of the install and am able to reboot to the xp install with no problems but during the next section it tells me that it cannot copy files and the install quits.

I've researched it a little on google and i get a lot of people saying it's a problem with the ram.

The ram checks fine at startup but whein i look closely at it there are a couple of half circle sweat marks on 2 of the chips... is this normal?

Any advice would be appreciated.

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Re: Can't install XP

I am working on the basic same problem-TC1000 HP/Compaq.
I found that you must have the docking station with the proprietary HP CD/DVD drive in it, you problem i think is that when it reboots, it loses the hook from the USB drive. goto ebay you can get a docking station sheap - make sure it has a cd/dvd drive in the station to make sure not to have anymore problems.

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Re: Can't install XP

It could be bad RAM, but it could also be drive error.

Try running chckdsk.exe

If the drive is ok, try copying the win xp cd to the HD and try to install from the HD

First, you need to copy your Windows XP Setup CD contents to your harddrive. I recommend saving the xp install files/folders to a separate partition than where you're going to install xp to (ie. have setup files at d:\winxp\ and then install xp to c:\ drive)

restart your computer with the win 98 boot disk
at the command prompt change to the drive with the xp files
ie. cd d:\winxp\i386\
type winnt to start installing
install as usual

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