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Either the disk is faulty or the the boot block is corrupted. If you have the operating system CD, you can try to reload it. Doing so will wipe out anything you have on the drive. If it reloads, you will be back in business. It the disk is faulty, the OS will not load.
You may want to take this computer into the Big Box store and have it evaluated before youtry to do this repair.
A POST diags card can help you resolve your problem/s, if not then.
1. remove all devices and insert the floppy drive, one RAM module and video card.
2. Go into the BIOS configuration and set it to the default configuration, check the installed RAM is it correct? .
3. Insert the remainder RAM module/s and check the POST info and BIOS again, has it detected all the RAM?
4. Does the computer Boot up using a floppy boot disk
5. Insert the CD and hard disk and check the POST info and BIOS configuration, does it detect the new drives?
6. Does the computer Boot up using a floppy boot disk, run FDISK, can you see the hard drive, if so delete all partitions (if any) and create a new primary DOS partition and then format the hard drive.
7. Boot up with the Windows CD (may have to change the boot order to the CD as the first boot device).
8. Delete the DOS partition, create a primary NTFS partition and the do a full NTFS format (not a quick format) and continue to install Windows Xp or Vista.
9. Install the other device eg modem, Lan etc. and the drivers.
If you have trouble with the first 5 steps, then you most likely have a faulty motherboard and/or a faulty hard disk.
Are you using a floppy or a disc? Your CD rom or disk may be faulty. If you have another copy and/or another cd rom drive try that. Also reseat the memory sticks. Lastly it all of this fails your hard drive may be the culprit...
Turn off the Computer Turn back on and Press F11 repeatedly when the message "Press F11 to start recovery" is displayed.
The recovery will load and display a menu of options:
Full System Restore (with Backup): This options will move all Hard Disk
contents to the "c:\My Backup" directory and install a new copy of
Windows. This option preserves your existing data files, however all
applications and settings will need to be reinstalled. This option
requires 4GB of free Hard Disk space for the new OS.
Alway suggest backing up your data before you do any recovery
First, I would remove the 120 from the system during installation. If possible, use a Windows XP disc w/ SP2 to speed up installation of the OS. Plus SP2 handles a maximum disk size error which limits you maximum partition size. (Under SP1 I think the largest partition can be 137 MB) I would recommend using NTFS format for the hard drive. Once it is installed, you can always re-connect it to simplify the installation. If it's still freezing, check the disc for damage or defects.
By D drive, do you mean a CD/DVD sort of drive or do you mean an extra hard drive (like your C drive). If you cant access a CD/DVD drive you either havnt got a disk in or the drive is faulty. If it is a hard drive (if it is new, it is not formatted, if it is old, it is faulty)
If you can see both listed in windows explorer, if you click on D what message do you get?