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brettxw

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Where can I get a bootable disk/cd for windows XP that has format on it? I need to format my drive but can not seem to find my disk with format on it. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Hi brettxw!

What OS are you going to be putting back on the hard drive in question? If it's XP or Windows 2000 or Vista, you can create/delete partitions and format the drive during the Setup process. If it's just going to be a backup drive on the computer, then you can go into Disk Management (START-->RUN and type diskmgmt.msc) and delete/create partitions and format it there.

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I have XP on now (what im using right now) something is wrong with my internet where I keep having problems with connection. I posted in the network thread but have not gotten any replies. 9 out of 10 times I will get a "CAN NOT FIND SERVER, try again" when using the net. I have to hit "try again" about 30 times before it will actually go to a website. I figure I would just format my harddrive and re-install windows again. Unless you have any better advise which I will def try.
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The problem can be the result of faulty hardware just as it can be of software origin. Please do the following checking your internet connection after every step. As a preliminary step switch off power to your modem for about 5 minutes. Don't make it shorter. Reconnect and let all the indicator lights go on. This can take take 2-3 minutes or so.

1: Download and run winsock for xp (a link in my signature)

2: In Internet Explorer go to Tools > internet options. In Security, Privacy and Advanced set everything to Default Level.

3: Again, in internet options go to Connections and set again the internet connection.

4: In device manager (control panel > system > hardware) expand network Adapters and uninstall the driver (I assume you are using a broadband connection). Restart the computer and let Windows reload the driver. If it doesn't you will have to install the driver from a driver cd (or floppy) or download it from the manufacturer's site.

5: Click Start > run. Type cmd. At the comand prompt type ipconfig > Enter. Type ping and then the numbers of default gateway. Type exactly as shown. Keep one space between "ping" and the numbers. You will get 4 lines in which connectivity is tested. Please report "time".
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Hey guys, thanks for your help! I figured out the problem. I just had to stop stressing and think. The house has wireless and the router was located next to the microwave. I was then noticing (today) that when the microwave was on was when I would encounter the problems. I moved the router away from the microwave into another room and all is well. Kind of made me feel stupid. I thank you guys though for your help. Much appreciated.
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Glad you figured it out! :whistling:

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