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Format I don't remember my user password. Running on XP. I need to format the hard drive. Tried with a bootable Xp Cd. it does not respond

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  • rongerret Jan 06, 2008

    Thanks, yah I tried, it starts reading from Cd and goes to checcking machine configurations and that is all. the message " checking machine configuration" indicates forever.

    Appreciate a solution.

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Go to bios and put the cdrom as 1st boot device, after restart watch screen to hit a key to boot from cd.

Posted on Jan 04, 2008

  • Thomas Christopher
    Thomas Christopher Jan 06, 2008

    sounds like a hardware problem. how many ram sticks do you have in? What size?

  • Thomas Christopher
    Thomas Christopher Jan 07, 2008

    Did the last post help you?
    Please let me know so I can help you resolve this.
    Thanks,

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