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Thread: Installing Windows Xp Pro

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    I am trying to install windows xp pro on a e-machine with a 64mb ram and a 160 harddrive,it has a pentium II but when i try to boot from cd it says cant find a harddrive installed, what can i do to fix this problem?

    thanx

    darkclown12
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    Athlon XP 1800+
    1 GIG PC3200 DDR400 RAM
    WINDOWS XP PRO WITH SERVICE PACK 2
    200GIG HARDDRIVE
    16X DVD-ROM
    DVD-BURNER
    EXTERNAL FLOPPY
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    GEFORCE FX 5200 256MB

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    you should stick with win 98 on a pentium 2. its a little too slow for XP. that could be some of the problem, and the fact you got a 160gb hard drive. the bios may not like that big of a drive.

  3. Software & Hardware   -   #3
    it doesnt like that big drive that why i got a controller card to fix it but it didnt help either.
    ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe Mobo
    Athlon XP 1800+
    1 GIG PC3200 DDR400 RAM
    WINDOWS XP PRO WITH SERVICE PACK 2
    200GIG HARDDRIVE
    16X DVD-ROM
    DVD-BURNER
    EXTERNAL FLOPPY
    LIGHT IN CASE
    GEFORCE FX 5200 256MB

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    u dont have enough ram to run win xp pro u need at least 256
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  5. Software & Hardware   -   #5
    Your chipset and/or bios (ie your motherboard) may not natively support such a large drive, you should check you have the latest version of your motherboards bios and check what your motherboard is capable of handling.

    Win98 can i think handle drives that large, if not WinXP won't run well at all with the computer specs you have, maybe windows 2000 would be a bit better or make the plunge with linux.


    Edit: If you don't know what motherboard you have, try checking the emachines website with your computers product id. or post the details of your computer here and someone might be able to help.

    Edit2: I just had a quick look and i think win98 can handle drives up to 512GB, but there is an error in the version of fdisk shipped with win98 which will report the size for drives > 64GB as 64GB- size of drive.

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    thats a very weird combination:
    p2
    64mb ram
    160 gb hdd

  7. Software & Hardware   -   #7
    ok i will post the specs in a lil while
    ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe Mobo
    Athlon XP 1800+
    1 GIG PC3200 DDR400 RAM
    WINDOWS XP PRO WITH SERVICE PACK 2
    200GIG HARDDRIVE
    16X DVD-ROM
    DVD-BURNER
    EXTERNAL FLOPPY
    LIGHT IN CASE
    GEFORCE FX 5200 256MB

  8. Software & Hardware   -   #8
    We ran a fdisk on it and it now syas error installing os. help?
    ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe Mobo
    Athlon XP 1800+
    1 GIG PC3200 DDR400 RAM
    WINDOWS XP PRO WITH SERVICE PACK 2
    200GIG HARDDRIVE
    16X DVD-ROM
    DVD-BURNER
    EXTERNAL FLOPPY
    LIGHT IN CASE
    GEFORCE FX 5200 256MB

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    Your going backwards here after using fdisk which I think may have been from your '98 system did you format ?

    error installing os
    Which one XP or '98 ?

  10. Software & Hardware   -   #10
    never mind win 98 is back on it now thanx for the help

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