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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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  • bigmikebass Jan 10, 2008

    Sorry, I just posted this under it's own heading, but I'm the same guy... thanks very much for the help, but still no go... here's where I'm at:

    the unit has no floppy, no cd rom.

    I've partitioned the drive using a usb caddy and placed the content of my xp cd on the 2nd partition. I've used usb keys to boot to dos and try to install from the i386 folder using winnt.exe, it won't work because it thinks the usb key is c:

    I installed dos and tried to instal xp from there, xp freezes or quits or just shuts off in the middle of the file copy process.

    I installed win 98 on an old laptop, pulled the drive halfway and put it in the tablet and managed to finish an install, tried to upgrade... freezes... tried a new install from 98, freezes.

    I've installed xp on a 2nd machine and did the motherboard swap thing where you choose generic drivers for everything and it worked but I somehow lost the boot sector and couldn't boot from the HD.

    I purchased a new hard drive and did all that again.
    I checked the ram... good. I checked the new drive... good.


  • bigmikebass Jan 12, 2008


    but I've tried that and it will not boot to the hard drive at all, depending on what particular solution i'm trying i either get a non system disk error, a flashing dash or an ntldr is missing error, which might lead you to believe that the drive is bad but it tests good and works perfectly in my laptop when I install xp or 98 on them.

    There is no cable between the mother board the the HD in the tablet, it plugs in via a small plastic adaptor and i've carefully examined the connection and it's good. I've even opened the tablet and directly attached the contacts of the drive to the contacts on the mobo and again, the drive is accessable in dos but i can't boot from it.

    help!!!! hehe



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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.

Posted on Feb 07, 2008

  • ratbrain Feb 07, 2008

    what do you mean by sweat on the ram?? I do know that if you are seeing"file not found - or things like that" not always the same file - you can 1.take all ram out, put 1 back in, if it does the same thing, try the other DIMM-SIMM, 2. switch out the xp disk if you have a couple backups-this will get it through most times but is not relable.
    The deal is that the .CAB used by MS are compressed. they have to be unpacked and held in ram. if the ram is bad, it loses instructions as it is unpacked. that is why you change out ram chips if you can, sometimes you only have one bad one, that is not bad enough to showup in test.


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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

Posted on Jan 02, 2008

  • Terri Bates
    Terri Bates Jan 12, 2008

    after you have the files on the drive, remove the usb drive, restart, f2 to go into setup, change the boot order, restart, try to install from the i386 folder by typing winnt



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