Problem with new build PC WinInstallation

  Ladaman 01:15 22 Dec 04


here is one you have probably heard before.

I am sitting here with a newly built PC in front of me.
I have booted it up with my boot disk, ran Fdisk and formatted the C Drive.

Now when I reboot with the WIndows XP Home CD inside it copies a load of files to the C Drive and then stalls while it says Setup is starting Windows.

Interestingly, if I start the windows installation from the command prompt (D:\I386\winnt.exe) it complains that SmartDrive is not available.

The boot disk i made is from WinME - could this be related.

Anyone got any ideas cos i don't really know where to go now?

  Giggle n' Bits 01:34 22 Dec 04

and set boot menu to CDROM - HDD
Exit Saving Changes With the XP CD in the Drive
Then it will go through the motions and hit a key when Boot CD rom.... etc shows
Follow the screen press F8 for T & C's then what happens ?

  Ladaman 01:43 22 Dec 04

Well, not much really,

I am looking at a blue screen that says windows setup in the top left and "Setup is starting Windows" in the bottom left. I haven't had to read any T's&C's yet...

When i look at Fdisk it tells me that the file system is Fat32 - is this a problem?

I am thinking i need to reformat and start again. It would be nice to have a Win XP boot disk but the laptop I am using right now doesn'thave a disk drive!!!

THanks for your help

  Ladaman 01:53 22 Dec 04

I am just checking the microsoft soft for info on this message... here

click here;en-us;310760&Product=winxp

  sidecar sid 07:25 22 Dec 04

Have a look at this guide to installing XP

click here

Although i would ignore part 4 as yours is a new PC the bios should be fine.

  Ladaman 10:32 22 Dec 04

Another thing that I noticed. When I first start the system up I get one long beep from the speaker... If i remember rightly this isn't right and means something important

  Ladaman 11:10 22 Dec 04

Thanks Sid for the guide.

My installation hangs between steps two and three.

I see the screen that says press F6 to load a third party driver. Then it appears to copy a load of files to the HD and pauses at the next bit... "Setup is starting windows"

  Ladaman 13:09 22 Dec 04

I just found out that the motherboard max disk size is 144 gig and I am trying to run a 160 on it. Could this be causing the problems???

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:09 22 Dec 04

No that can be sorted later with disk management.

When you says hangs at "Setup is starting windows" it will take a while at this point are you being patient enough?

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