WinXP SP2 installation problem
Posted on 2004-09-15
I'm in a bit of trouble...I've got a bootable WinXP SP2 cd which I know works because I have used it on other people's machines a number of times when they ask me to format their machines. Tonight, I decided to format mine, no big deal. It begins to copy the files, then right before I hit the screen where it asks you to press Enter to install XP or R to repair an installation, I hear my HDD click twice, then my machine restarts. This happens every time.
Now, the only solution I can come up with is that my HDD is running too hot and shuts down when I attempt this (the machine has been on non-stop for, I don't know, months I guess) - I opened up the case and of course, it was hot, I could tell just from placing my hand in close proximity to the drive. I've shut the machine off for the night and I'll attempt it again tomorrow when the HDD has cooled down.
My question is that if this does not work, is there another work around for this? I've checked my BIOS and I have any kind of CPU overheat shutdown or voltage options disabled, so it couldn't possibly be shutting down because of the BIOS - what could be causing it to shut down like this, every single time? It copies the files fine, and I never have any problems running through DOS, using FDISK, etc etc etc.