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XP reinstall (could use some major help please)


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cliveglide

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I'm trying to reinstall XP for the multi-millionth time.
When I try to install it, it tells me that setup cannot
access the disk. I have been told that the XP disks
wear out around the tenth install but I've only used
this disk maybe 4 times. When I try to do a repair
install I get the BSOD, and tells me that the error
is 0.000000E I think. Its the one with the strand
of 0s and the E at the end. Would it be stupid to
delete the old partition and create/format a new
one? I think I already know the answer to this one
but I'm getting antsy. I have to do some music
recording and am getting impatient. Any help would
be amazing! thank you!
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wannabe1

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Hi cliveglide...

Are you booting to the XP cd to start the installation or are you trying to run it from within Windows?

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I'm booting from the CD. Its the only way I can do it. I don't think
that I can access Windows at this point, but I could be wrong.
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Can you get me the exact error code that is displayed on the BSOD?

Have you got any peripheral hardware connected to the computer? This would include printers, flash drives, external hard drives, etc... Nothing should be connected except the mouse and keyboard.

If the current partition is damaged or corrupt, you may have no choice but to delete it and format to get a good installation.
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The exact error is 0x0000008E (0xC0000005,0xF77F4CAD,0xF73CE7E4,0x00000000)
I have a LaCie external drive connected but it is turned off. Perhaps that is a problem though.
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That error usually indicates a problem with the RAM.

Download the Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool and create the disk, either floppy disk (if you have floppy drives) or cd, and boot the machine to it. The instructions for doing this are on the page at the link for the tool. Let the diagnostic run at least 4 complete passes. If any test fails, you have a faulty RAM module.

If you do have some failures, and have more than one RAM module installed, try running the test on one module at a time by removing one from the machine. If one module will pass the tests, try running the install with just that module installed and plan on replacing the other module.
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Cool, thanks!
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My pleasure... :)

Let us know how things go...
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