Troubleshooting HDD wipe and Installing new Windows
Hello. I am having some trouble with my eMachines desktop computer. The madel is a T4510. The original power supply burnt out so I replaced it and it works fine, but from before, the HDD had some bugs or viruses in it and so I wanted to completely wipe the drive and start over new with a clean install of Windows XP Pro. I have the disk and I ran through the install, and when it reboots itself it automatically goes straight back through the Widows install. It seems like it doesnt recognize that I just installed it. What am I doing wrong?
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Re: Troubleshooting HDD wipe and Installing new Windows
I think you might have either bad memory or a bad hard drive caused by the bad power supply.
Reseat the memory into a different slot and instead of performing a quick format, select the second option (the long one)
Make sure your bios is not set to only boot from CD. after the first install, I'd access the bios and change boot order to hdd then cdrom (so that you don't get tempted to hit the ANY key when the cd loads) :)
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If you look closely at the board there should be labels printed. The power switch plug can plug in either direction, but the LED must be the correct direction for it to work. No damage can be done by plugging the LED in backwards.
If there is no sign of life, then it is usually a power supply problem. Check PSU connector. If PSU fan does not turn on check the power cable. If power cable is good, test power from PSU using a multimeter and eventually replace PSU.
I assume you are using Windows XP. This is what you do:
Windows XP users
Get a Windows Installation CD. It doesn't have to be yours, anyone will do.
Insert the Windows XP CD into the computer.
When prompted to press any key to boot from the CD, press
Once in the Windows XP setup menu press the "R"
key to lauch the Recovery Console to repair Windows.
Log into your Windows installation by pressing the
"1" key and pressing enter.
You will then be prompted for your administrator password,
enter that password. If you have none set, just press Enter without typing anything.
Copy the below two files to the C:\
directory of the primary hard disk. In the below example, the files from the CD-ROM drive (which in this case is
"D:\" are copied to the C:\ drive. This letter may be different on your computer.