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Install Win XP Pro on new hard drive


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I've tried over and over to install XP Pro on a new, formatted hard drive. It goes into "Windows install mode, 256 mb available" Takes 8 to 10 HOURS to load. Everything works but I only have 256 mb of memory when I have 1 gb installed. How do I get my memory back?

PS: the machine I am using now has Vista Home Premium and is my primary PC. I am just trying to get an old PC running again.

Edited by crash2much, 15 November 2008 - 07:58 AM.

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Welcome to geeks to go.
Can you please clarify?

Windows install mode, 256 mb available" Takes 8 to 10 HOURS to load. Everything works but I only have 256 mb of memory

Is XP running?
Is the only problem that its reporting the wrong ram?
Was this a Vista OS previously?
Did you install the board chipset drivers?
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Had XP Pro on old hard drive, completely removed drive, installed new drive. Installed chipset drivers and all other drivers. Still only shows 256 mb of ram. Everything works, just e x t r e m e l y slow. Any advice on how to get my 1 gb of memory back and XP running fast?
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Is the 1gb of ram 1 stick or made up of a couple?
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4 256 mb sticks
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Did the "old drive" show the 1gb?
Are all the sticks from the same manufacturer?

Go to http://www.4allmemory.com/ or http://www.crucial.com/ and see if they recognise what you have.

You could have a problem with the memory or the slots.
Have you tried moving the memory among the various slots?
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