Need Help

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by theophilus, Jul 15, 2004.

  1. theophilus

    theophilus OSNN Junior Addict

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    I have an 75 & 20 gig hard drive on my computer. I had been running my OS on the 75, and using the 20 for backups as well as for files I wanted to save and didn't want to lose in case of a OS crash, or deciding to format/reinstall. Anyway, ran out of room on the 20. So I decided to partition the 75 into a 25 for my OS and programs, a 50 for saved files, and leave the 20 for backups (it is a slower SCSI hard drive, I don't want to use it for anything other than backups).

    Now to the problem, I installed Windows XP onto the new partitioned 25 gig drive, and I'm having nothing but problems. All kinds of programs are unstable, and shut down for no apparent reason. Freshly installed programs don't run. Programs don't install (I can't get Adobe reader to install for the life of me). I have tried to download files (adobe reader among others) to reinstall with a fresh copy, and the downloads are corrupt. Only about 1 out of 20 downloads are any good.

    I ran a diskcheck, and had it fix any errors. I reformatted the new partition, reinstalled again, ran a diskcheck, updated, and still have the same problems. Windows is completely updated (to the current sp2 build) as are all the programs I am trying to run/install.

    I'm lost.....HELP!!!!
     
  2. Lee

    Lee OSNN Proxy

    Question:1 Did you use a partitioning application to partition the drives, which said to save a backup to floppy or other place etc?

    Question:2 Did it do drive mapping after or did you skip that part?

    Start by running the back up program for partion first.
     
  3. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

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    You mention sp2 build - this worries me.... Have you been in contact with M$ if you are an sp2 beta tester?
     
  4. theophilus

    theophilus OSNN Junior Addict

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    I did not use a partioning application like Partition Magic, so there was no backup program/disk. I used the partitioning tool built into the Windows XP installation process.

    I didn't do drive mapping after I partitioned because I did it as part of a fresh install. I deleted all the old partitions, set up the new ones, and formatted each of the two drives, and then installed a clean install of Windows onto it.
     
  5. theophilus

    theophilus OSNN Junior Addict

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    I was having troubles before I installed sp2. I downloaded the most recent sp2 when it came out from Microsoft, and have been running it on my system for the last week or two, and have had no problems whatsoever. I just used the same saved install file, and installed it on this new installation. The problems started before I every got sp2 on it. Actually, now that I think about it, I never got it installed on it the first time I tried, only after formatting again and trying a second time did I get it installed.
     
  6. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

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    sounds like a case for getting the relevant disc diagnostic tool for your drive - the manufacturers site usually has one - and checking if all is OK with the drive.
     
  7. Lee

    Lee OSNN Proxy

    That tool should come with public health warning and should be a big NO-NO!
     
  8. theophilus

    theophilus OSNN Junior Addict

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    New info

    I decided to re-run a scandisk on all the drives, and then format and reinstall.

    Durning the installation (second time now), I keep getting a message that files are not copying. I have used two different install disks, and I get the messages with both disks. I am able to hit enter, and it tries again, and is able to copy the file. Could there be a problem elsewhere in my hardware that is causing this problem? My system is only a little less than a year and a half old.
     
  9. Lee

    Lee OSNN Proxy

    Clean the cd-roms with a computer cleaner, as you might have dirt grains on disks that stop them from transfering files to HD!
     
  10. Bytes Back

    Bytes Back Ex Police Chief

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    sounds like

    Theres nothing wrong with your install discs, theres nothing wrong with your hard drive

    Check your memory !!! Even just taking it out and putting it in again may help
     
  11. theophilus

    theophilus OSNN Junior Addict

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    It never ends....

    ....I'm about to put a bullet through my computer.

    Now I am getting messages that says "Windows could not load the install for" CDROM, Battery, and DiskDrive.


    :mad:
     
  12. Lee

    Lee OSNN Proxy

    Did you clean install disks?

    Rings a bell what you wrote again, could be memory sticks, try removing them cleaning them drying them and replacing the highest valued one first and try again!
     
  13. theophilus

    theophilus OSNN Junior Addict

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    I cleaned the cd's

    I used a cd cleaner to clean the cd's. I'll try the memory next.
     
  14. toretto

    toretto Mentally Absent

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    remember to clean the cd rom as well, i have had that problem before as well.
     
  15. Tittles

    Tittles Dabba Dooba Political User

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    might need new memory. I had the same problem as u. It took awhile to figure out that it was memory. sometimes i could get almost to the end of format and sometime get as far half way during the xp setup.
     
  16. theophilus

    theophilus OSNN Junior Addict

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    Seems to be working now...

    ....but I'm not holding my breath.

    I took out my memory, cleaned it off, and reinstalled it, and everything seems to work flawlessly now.

    Hopefully that was all that was wrong.