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XP booting troubles

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Bardolph, May 9, 2006.

  1. Bardolph


    Jul 28, 2002
    Grand Rapids, MI
    On the PC I built I installed Windows XP home edition (a legal copy) and after I installed it the computer rebooted and instead of going to XP to finish installation it just shows "error loading operating system." I've tried changing the boot sequence, boot from CD, CD in the drive and out, tried installing it again, same message. I'd like to end up with more than just an expensive paperweight on my hands. :meh:
  2. Is it a Western Digital hard drive, by any chance?
  3. memory or HD is most likely at fault.
  4. I would flash the BIOS, that sometimes helps

    Or try loading from the CD and reinstalling, if that isnt working at all loading from the CD then it says to me that its a memory problem, check your ram chips are properly in place
  5. C-5KO


    Mar 9, 2005
    Toronto, Canada

    +1 on memory.

    I've installed XP on hundreds of machines when I worked in a computer store.

    If your computer posts (past the boot up screen) it most likely won't be your cpu or mobo. If you get funkyness during the install it's probably memory.

    You can 1.) test your memory with Memtest or 2.) take the HD out, put it into another machine, reinstall XP to test the HD. OR take your parts back to the store you got them from, and hopefully they'll be nice enough to test the memory for you.
  6. Christ, im trying to remember what it is, i had memory problems with my PC a while back, i think it makes 3 beeps (2 long one short maybe?) on startup, and that indicated memory error, the beep patterns are definatly something to listen to

    Also, what make of motherboard is it? The current one im using is an MSI one, and it has this great slot that takes up one rear PCI panel, it has 2 USB ports and 4 little LEDs, if the computer doesnt start up right, you look in the manual and the pattern of LEDs that was shown just before the computer crashes indicates the location of the hardware problem :)
  7. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    Stop looking at porn :)
  8. Petary791


    Feb 20, 2005
    Michigan, USA
    Tehe it only took 7 posts.
  9. Flashing the bios without knowing what you're doing is the fastest way to own an expensive paper-weight.

    I'd consider the memtest as was mentioned above, and in the worst case scenario, a format.
  10. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    Its my phrase. It originated before you were even here :E!

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