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Brand new hard drive >>>>> problem ? yeah bad .

Lounatech.... about my compaq presario hard drive headach , i ran off to buy me a brand new hard drive 300 GB. same maxter . now after insert bootable win XP cd .... it boot up alright ! ....... when it got to formatt the hard drive ( 300 GB ) chose NTFS file system ..... iI have chosen to format regular ( not the quick style ) after a long while , i can not wait any longer ... turn the machine off .... start over again .......boot from the cd it copy all the windows file >>>>>>> on and on and on >>> when it got to starting windows ..... that green screen appear again .told me shut down prematurely ( I screwed it up ) i try to do chckdisk ...... i never get to that stage ... it all my fault . I want to re- format the whole thing again ... never get to that stage .... and this is the brand new hard drive . all i want is get start all over again ... format .....install windows and so on ... please help !

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  • vincent paya Apr 25, 2008

    GURU launatech >>>> thank you very much it's FIXYA . the factory install only 512 MB of rams on it .... I install 2 GB on that thing . windows couldn't take , it crashes everytime . now my system has only 1 G B . now it run like music .... not really.... now i have to install some of the drivers you provided .. thanks very much GURU .



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It sounds like you corrupted your install of happens.

What you need to do now is (first take a deep breath)...OK, that's better.

When you boot your PC, make sure your WinXP CD is in the CDROM drive. You'll only get a 3-5 second window to catch the "Press any key to boot from CD" message as it pops across the have to be sitting there, in front of the monitor waiting for it to display (or you can just start pressing the space bar or any other key every second or so as the system boots).

Don't just hold the key down because you'll get a "Keyboard Error" if you do that.

Just wait until you see the boot from CD prompt and hit a key - this will get you back into the WinXP CD's setup menu.

Follow the instructions that I posted before for formatting the drive using the recovery console (Found Here).

Posted on Apr 24, 2008

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    Lou B Apr 25, 2008


    Wow...great troubleshooting!

    You didn't mention that you had also added RAM recently...I didn't consider that possibility.

    I usually make it a point to ask if anything else has changed on the system when I troubleshoot (I didn't this time) so this was a good lesson for me as well :-)

    I'm glad you're back up and running!

    BTW: The limitation on RAM is more likely linked to your motherboard - not the OS. Windows can handle way more then 2GB of RAM...

    For future reference, it's always a good idea to check with your PC Manufacturer's website to determine what the Maximum RAM is for your motherboard (before buying the RAM). Many older systems have a Max that's much lower then you might think.


    - LounaTech



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