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cant boot from xp disc


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jerkofski

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have the error message --------

Security Accounts Manager initialization failed because of the following error: A device attached to the system is not functioning.
Error Status: 0xc0000001.
Please click OK to shut down this system and reboot into Safe Mode, check event log for more detailed information.

i understand i need to replace the sam file, but cant get windows to boot from the cd. It seemes to start to boot and installs a few files but then just hangs at the "windows is starting screen" i cant get to the install a fresh copy of windows option, so i cant perform a parallel installation of Windows XP. I'd rather not reformat but even if i wanted that option i cant get to it as it wont boot.

can anyone suggest anthing
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Johanna

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Unplug everything from the computer except keyboard and mouse. Reboot. Check the event log.

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it wont boot to let me check the event log, even tried another hard drive and set broken one to slave but soon as it tries to load the operating system on the good hard drive it seems to detect the bad one and says failed to start operating system. I cant understand how i cant boot form the first hard drive


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Can you describe exactly what you did with the XP cd? It sounds like you may have inadvertently trashed the OS with it?

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did you try using the Repair option instead of installing a fresh copy?
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i would remove all internal stuff as well...just leave the ram vid card and hd in there....see if it will boot...that first error you mentioned suggests that something important is broken...but in true windows fashion it doesn't tell you what
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