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Won't start booting

I'm trying to upgrade a faulty HD for a friend. Originally he hit his lappy (the Toshiba this board is for) and it started booting Windows but wouldn't get past the Windows loading screen (started reseting) and wouldn't get into safe-mode. I thought it might be a corrupted HD, but when I was running a surface scan he got impatient and stopped it close to the beginning of phase 4 (of windows' scandisk running in an enclosure). Then it stopped booting at all and there are now hundreds of corrupt sectors (I really shouldn't let this guy own a computer. :) ).
So I formatted an old HD of mine and stuck it in his lappy to try and install XP Home. Problem is, when I formatted it, it didn't clear the boot sector and GRUB was throwing an error because it couldn't find the partition tables. Since this is still technically a valid boot disk, his lappy wouldn't try to boot from the CD. So I had to use another laptop to install XP Home onto that hard drive since I couldn't figure out how to change the boot order on his. After the installer made the HD bootable I stopped it and put this HD into his laptop again. Now it won't boot to anything. It will recognize that Windows didn't boot properly on the previous load, but even after saying "start Windows normally" (and it works fine at this screen) and waiting 5 minutes, nothing happens. What might be causing this problem?
I should mention that the fan is NOT turning at any point during this. I think it might be broken because I can't feel or hear air moving inside other than the HD and the CD drive.

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  • nfitc1 Aug 27, 2008

    I think I need to add that the HD I'm trying to upgrade to is an 80GB Toshiba brand HD. I don't know if that's significant, but I'd better not leave anything out.

  • nfitc1 Sep 03, 2008

    This can now be disregarded. It was a software error. Apparently I can't begin an installation of XP on one computer and continue it on another.
    I learned something new. :)



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