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Computer Boots Up Distorted, Mouse Poofed


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:blink: :help: :)
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Listen to Wannabe1 he will get you going and I will be keeping an eye out :whistling:
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Thanks guys....& good morning...

I did as you instructed Wannabe1 and the message I got back was (and why am I not surprised? sarc & rolls my eyes)

The system cannot find the file specified.

I rebooted anyway and ... I'm still in the same place....same error messages.

I'd be grateful if you used both eyes Peterm....this install is a stubborn one...I'm calling this computer "EARL" :help:

Sorry Wincrazy...my computer doesnt do that.... :blink: (but there's this neat lil hole that I can shove the end of a paper clip in and it makes the door open :whistling: )

I am thinking of exchanging this cd for another one @ Future Shop ~ do you think the odds of getting two bad disks are high? (I really have no idea...I've never done this before)

(gotta laugh or I'm gonna cry....famous last words...."ANYONE can install an O/S....piece of cake!" .....sarc. yeah right! tell me again!)

Edited by Certifiably Blonde, 01 April 2006 - 06:55 AM.

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If you have already formatted the drive

Run Boot and Nuke (either version), use as may passes as possible, which takes ages

http://dban.sourceforge.net/

Q: How do I make a bootable CD with the ISO file?

A: Download the ISO file to your desktop and double-click it.

If nothing happens when you double-click the ISO file, then you must obtain CD burning software, like one of these products:

CDBurnerXP (Gratis)
VSO Blindwrite (Shareware)
Nero Burning ROM (Shareware)
Roxio Easy Writer (Commercial)
If you burn DBAN to CD-R and see just one file when you open the CD-R afterwards, then you have burned DBAN incorrectly.

Use the cdrecord command if you have a Linux computer.

DBAN may not boot if you modify the ISO file or filesystem layout in any way, like by injecting files.

Start with the upgrade disc, use the default NTFS format, not quick then insert the ME CD when it asks for the qualifying media
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Thanks Keith but you are way over my head with this....I have no way of getting it on my machine it really doesnt have a function o/s yet.

The status of the computer I am trying to load XP on now is....

I got a new XP Home Edition cd BUT when I boot up the computer...it wants to resume the prior set up, then shows the errors as above and its still stuck in that vicious circle. Its just the blue set up screen..no files...no options...

The fella at Future Shop (the tech guy) said just click any key and it should restart the install from the beginning......not on my machine sighs.

How do I get this cd to start the install from the beginning?
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If you get the boot and nuke floppy use that, if you use the CDR version, boot the PC with that in and it will format the drive a lot more comprehensively, it also won't matter what is on the PC, it is designed to kick in first
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:) :whistling: :help: :blink:
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Where are you getting stuck?
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Its done the following....Collecting Info, Dyanmic Update, Preparing Installation....

Its stuck on Installing Windows....the error message log...when you close it..it reboots and continues in the same circle over and over and over

Edited by Certifiably Blonde, 01 April 2006 - 12:52 PM.

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If you can boot the PC and try to open the CD Drive as soon as it starts to boot then see if set up continues without the CD, if not, boot and nuke would solve it, have you got anyone who can help you put it on to disc

http://support.micro...kb/826976/en-us

WORKAROUND
To work around this behavior, do not press a key when Windows XP Setup restarts your computer. The BIOS starts your computer from your hard disk, and Windows XP Setup continues.

Alternatively, remove the Windows XP CD-ROM from the CD-ROM drive when Setup restarts your computer. The BIOS does not detect the bootable media in the CD-ROM drive and does not prompt you to press any key to start your computer from the CD. The BIOS starts your computer from your hard disk, and Windows XP Setup continues.
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Thanks Keith...

What I did...because there was some confusion, at least in my mind :blink: I went into Bios & completely disabled my Boots for the floppy & my harddrive....making sure I was indeed directly booting off the cd.now I know I am...this gave me the format option and the chance to start again...Im at 71% complete and I sure hope this is it!!

I'll keep you uptodate...thanks for taking the time.

Just for the record Peterm...my husband is laffing at me too as I thought this would be the perfect chance to try my hand at formatting a computer and installing an o/s when for the cost of the software & $69.00 I could have saved myself the frustration....but thats not the point...Heyyy most of my friends don't even know how to burn a cd? They only know chat :help: (or they get their hubbys to do it!)

Thanks for all your help EVERYONE...you all are truly wonderful to take the time for us less fortunate in the experience department... :whistling:

Boy oh Boh Wannabe1...wouldn't it be totally just wonderful to have the mouse work in the usb port again?

Edited by Certifiably Blonde, 01 April 2006 - 01:26 PM.

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Power to yah, CB !! :whistling: Keep on burnin'. BTW, you can configure the boot order in the BIOS to be CD, then floppy and then hard drive and keep it that way forever.

Some people think that USB mice and keyboards are great, but I think they can be very problematic. The "old style" ATX round kind are solid as a rock and don't get messed up as USB ports can (and do).
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Well Guys....THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH....System is a "GO" ~ it's runnin better'n ever!!!

Big Smiles .... and Wannabe1 (he he) WE DID IT!!!!

WE HAVE USB MOUSE BACK IN DA HOUSE!!! Special thanks to you ... I really never could have done it withouchya!

Quick someone marked this thread "SOLVED" before something else happens!!!
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WaaaaaaaHooooooo!!!!

Good Job! I must say I've been impressed with the way you stuck with this issue...so you deserve the credit, not I. :whistling:

You're gonna like XP... :blink:

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Well done
As soon as you have loaded all your software make a restore point.
1.Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Restore.

2.In the System Restore dialog box, click Create a restore point, and then click Next.

3.Type a description for your restore point, such as "Before I Played", then click Create.
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Wannabe1...No computer is gonna hold me hostage!!! They are here to make our lives easier...right? :rotfl: :blink:

Thanks Peterm ... Greeeeeeeeeat idea! (done)

( I sure hope XP likes meeee!) :help: :whistling:


As I understand it...XP handles the scan disking and defragging all on its own?

Edited by Certifiably Blonde, 02 April 2006 - 05:03 PM.

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