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GEneral protection fault

I'm trying to install windows xp professsional on a computer after Fdisk.As soon as the machine starts to boot from the CD i get this error,general protection fault and i can't get it to install.What is the cause?

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  • gofish65 Jun 13, 2008

    The HD was OK would you believe it was the XP disk itself.Ichanged to another disc and it booted right away.Who knew.

  • gofish65 Jun 13, 2008

    OK the solution was to change the CD I was using.The computer booted write away after that, thanks,thats one to remember.

  • Marty marty May 11, 2010

    one sure cure is a new hard drive, but you can work around this one depending on your skill level. I assume you did format and SYS the disk to XP, right?
    Have you tried to run setup from the DOS prompt instead of CD boot?
    You also can low-level format the hard drive to get it back to factory conditions if you answered yes to all questions so far.

    there also is a possibility of a virus.


  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock May 11, 2010

    What happens when you reformat the hard drive and then reinstall?

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You probably should get a new HD like 24 seven mentioned. It's your best bet. But youo should try to get like a 10GB HD off Ebay just to test. If it works from there, Get whatever size HD you want.

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