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fffffc02 Error and Removing an OS

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suzanne m

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Well, I'll just tell my story... My mom's lap top was broken (it had lost some sys 32 files, I believe) and I had agreed to fix it. I was going to use my windows XP home CD to reformat the hard drive and put windows back on. Now, I don't remember doing this, but I pulled her computer out a few days ago because she said if I could fix it, I could have it.

It's in the middle of installing Windows XP again (Like I said, I don't remember installing it in the first place!) it is now coming up with error fffffc02 and won't continue. I have some CDs with Linux OS on them and I was going to try and put Linux on there but I cannot even get to the CD, it brings me to the windows setup no matter how I tell it to boot.

I suppose my main question is, is there anyway I could delete the OS off of my computer? Reformat it? Since its in the middle of installing its not working with anything, I've googled a few different things but I still can't find out how to fix my exact problem.

Thank you!
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This question was asked on the GtG forum a long time ago and was answered by our very own Dsenette here.


And the answer is? Most likely the hard drive is dying in the laptop and needs replacing.

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