Please would somebody be able to help me? This is a long post but I don't want to leave anything out so it is all here.
I originally posted here with my problems http://www.geekstogo...go-t204224.html and it was suggested the hard drive was failing. I though I would be able to tackle installing a new hard drive myself with the help of my Dad, how hard can it be?? (God I am thick at times why do you never get hindsight when you need it??)
I purchased a seagate 160GB hard drive 8MB cache 7200rpm (it is the seagate ST3160815A) and installed it on Sunday. The pc booted up and we tried to install windows xp using the (7) hp recovery discs and encountered several problems including the BSOD which said 'a problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your pc. PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA If this is the first time you have seen this screen, etc.'
The error code it then gave was ***STOP 0x00000050 (0xE1C72660, 0x00000001, 0x80467348, 0x00000001)
The pc was turned off (using the power on button on the front) and turned on again. the installation carried on from where it left off (the second disc) without a problem it went through the other 7 discs and then it came up with the message
'problem inextracting process:' then lots of files kept coming up but to start off with they were adobe, macromedia, etc but then it started coming up with the 1386 files and there were a lot missing, I kept clicking 'ok' then it came up with the BSOD again and the cosde this time was ***STOP 0x00000000 (0x00000028, 0x00000002, 0x00000000, 0x804301373)
the pc was switched off and restarted again.
then the message 'NTLDR is missing, ctrl, alt and delete to restart, so it was restarted several times and the same message came up each time so we booted again and went into the bios and set the bios to boot from the disc (cdrom) rebooted the pc and it started preparing the recovery partition, then it started completing the recovery partition and then we got the BSOD again:
MEMORY MANAGEMENT ***STOP: 0x0000001A (0x00000781, 0xC030D6CC, 0x00000008, 0xE168D0D4)
we gave up as we were out of time but later I spoke to a relative who said the recovery disc is a 'mirror disc' (??) and that I might need full installation discs to put xp on. so I had a brainwave and another one of my friends has some original discs, so as I already have a licence I have borrowed the XP home disc.
Yesterday I turned the pc on and put the disc in, partitioned the new hard drive (didnt have that option when I was using the recovery discs) and the installation started then the message came up that it cannot copy the file ks.sys, retry didnt work so I clicked OK (thought I would get it off the internet when the rest had done) but then loads of other messages kept coming up - modem.sys, parport.sys and some others, so I decided to quit and restarted just incase it was a glitch. I rebooted and started again (after cleaning the disc again to make sure there was absolutely no dust or dirt on it) and it was going really well and I got much further until it told me 'the file esent97.dll was not copied correctly. retry after cleaning ok?' so I took the disc out again, cleaned it again and retried, then it went a bit further (to 38% this time) then it told me there was a problem with 'sprio600.dll' (I cannot remember what the problem exactly was as I didnt write it all down, but I kept retrying and it would not do it, sdo I quit and rebooted without the disc and went straight into the bios and made sure it was set to boot from the cd, then to boot from the hard disc (and made sure it recognised the new hard drive - it did)
I then tried to do it with the recovery discs again and had BSOD twice. the first was the memory management again and the second was after problems extractin files from 1386 (again) the 2nd BSOD was 'IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL' I rebooted and got a black screenw ith white text: 'windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: <Windows root>\system32\hal.dll. Please reinstall a copy of the above file.
This is now a bit beyond me so I phone HP this morning (on 3 of the 'normal' phone numbers that I could find) and nobody would help me unless I phone the 60p per minute number - great customer services isnt it??. I do not want to spend a fortune on calls to them to find out this problem cannot be resoloved and I cannot keep spending money on a pc 'just to see if it is this that is wrong'
So basically what I am asking is this: can this problem be resolved without spending too much more money on it or am I better off giving up and buying a new one (bearing in mind I have already spent approx' £100 trying to get it running properly -this is what really cheeses me off, the fact that I haven't much cash and I dont want to throw any more money away)
Am I correct in thinking that the original licence for xp that came with the pc can be transferred to the new hard drive as the other one is kaput and it is for the same pc? I dont want to be doing anything illegal afterall. (the original xp discs have to go back tonight as my frined need it tomorrow)
Thank you in advance.