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Having big problems with a Windows XP Clean instal


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SeanT

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Hello,

I am selling my old laptop. I figured I would make the laptop as new as possible by using a prorgram that "scrubs" the harddrive. In hindsight I would have never done this, but too late now.

I think I am working with a clean slate. Whenever I turn on my pc it keeps repeating:

Intel UNDI, PXE-2.0 (build 082)
Copyright (c) 1997-2000 Intel Corporation

For Realtek RTL8139(A/B/C)/RTL8130 PCI Fast Ethernet Controller v2.12 (010425)
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM.

Now, I made a boot floppy disk for windows xp home, and have my setup disks, but I cannot get setup to work. What happens is I get to the option to use the current paritioned space, or to delete it and start fresh. I deleted the old partioned space, and then created it again. I then chose to install windows using NTFS (not the quick setting). I have also tried the fat setting, but it did the same thing.

It then goes through the process of installing, but sends me right back to the screen asking me if I want to install or repair a previous install. It does not do anything. When I exit out I notice that I have a c:/windows section now that is slightly full of files.

What also should be mentioned is that I am getting this far using the windows setup cd that came with my new machine. The system recovery disk for the Sony laptop does not even get as far as I have. It stops aftering saying
no fixed disks present[/B] "error x01"

Any help would be life-saving heh.

-Sean
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Spank_Me

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Hi SeanT

It does sound like the wipe software has killed your hd, what you could try to do is download a Windows 98 Boot disk from www.bootdisk.com, boot the laptop from that, fdisk to see if the hd is showing, and if it does, create and activate a partition, format the partiton with Fat32, can change it when installing XP to NTFS. The wipe software might of destroyed the partition table for the HD. :tazz: Hope this helps.
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what's odd is at first the floppy drive worked. Now the cd drive is the one that works.
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I fixed it! I was dumb. I thought in the boot section that the exclaimation points meant ENABLED..not disabled..lol...I had them all with exclamation points heh.
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