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Help - Killdisk, now stuck!


Okay, I'm totally fried and I apparently fried my computer and need help.  I've been working on this since 3am.

My computer (Dell) was running EXTREMELY slow so I thought I would wipe the drive and start fresh thinking all I required was my XP Reinstallation Disk.

I downloaded KILLDISK after reading a few posts and now can't figure out what to do next.  When I boot it says I have no OS and hangs, I put the KILLDISK floppy back in and of course wants to wipe again.  Can't boot from the XP Reinstallation Disk.

Can someone please help - I'm not a computer genius (obviously) so any step by step instructions to help restore my XP operating system would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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SheharyaarSaahilCommented:
Hello Beaner1383 =)

Are you sure that the boot order in BIOS is set to boot from the CD first ??
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SheharyaarSaahilCommented:
if already yes and still you cannot boot from the CD but can boot with the floppy, then try to get 6 XP boot disks from here >> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;%5BLN%5D;310994

boot the system with floppy 1 and follow the instructions... now from the DOS try to run Winnt.exe from the i386 folder from WinXP CD and check if it can start the setup for XP ??
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Beaner1383Author Commented:
SheharyaarSaahil,

Thanks.  :-D

I don't know if the BIOS is set to boot from the CD first, how would I check?  In the meantime, I'll start making the 6 floppy disks and go from there.

Thanks again.
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SheharyaarSaahilCommented:
when you first start the system, you will see a black BIOS screen, there it should mention to "press this or that key to enter into BIOS" for me its DEL key
once you will get into BIOS there will be a setting for Boot Order or Boot Sequence
in this setting CDROM should be the first device!! :)
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Beaner1383Author Commented:
SheharyaarSaahil,

When I try to copy the disks I receive the following error message:

c:\temp\IXP000.tmp\makebook.exe
The system is not suitable for running MS-DOS or Microsoft Windows Application.  Click Close to terminate.

Any ideas?
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SheharyaarSaahilCommented:
that means that the system which you are using to make these disks is have some problem with either Autoexec.NT or with Config.NT files...... so try this, Open your C:\Windows\Repair folder, and try to copy two files from there, Config.NT and Autoexec.NT
Then open C:\Windows\System32 folder, move the Config.NT and Autoexec.NT files from here to recycle Bin and paste the files you copied from the Repair folder !!
Restart and now check ??

You can also try to copy these files form another WinXP system which is working fine.... :)
Coz the error u are getting is caused by the corruption of either of these two files, and replacing them with good copies can solve the problem :)

Or u can also manually edit these files,,,, follow the instructions here :)
Error message when you install or start an MS-DOS or 16-bit Windows-based program
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;324767
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Did you cehck for the BIOS boot order btw ?? :)

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Beaner1383Author Commented:

Okay, was able to load all 6 XP disks and then was prompted to put the XP CD-ROM & format drive.  Now received the following error message:

The following value in the .SIF file used by Setup is corrupted or missing:

Value 0 on the line in section [SourceDisksFiles] with key "SP1.cab"

Setup cannot continue.  To quit Setup, press F3.

So looks like the only thing I can do is quit ... is there a way to fix?

Thanks!
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SheharyaarSaahilCommented:
using a Slipstreamed CD?? :)
http://www.jsiinc.com/SUBF/TIP2900/rh2938.htm
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Beaner1383Author Commented:

hmmm....not sure.  So I copied the TXTSETUP.SIF from the Service Pack from my laptop onto the first floppy and am trying it again.  BTW, I don't see anything when I boot to be able to direct the boot to the CD vs. the floppy drive.
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SheharyaarSaahilCommented:
you need to enter into the BIOS to see that..... you cannot see that directly on the screen.... did you try to get into the BIOS ??
if you are faling to do that.... then tell me the make and model of your system, and if its a white box system then what is the BIOS and its version...... and this you can see directly on the first BIOS screen :)
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Beaner1383Author Commented:

I don't know how to get into the BIOS, I have a gray Dell 4400 computer.   I thought maybe the floppies weren't working because I created them from my laptop which has Windows 2000 so I'm now copying the disks from another XP computer that my friend has to see if that helps.
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Beaner1383Author Commented:

That didn't work either - UGH!  
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SheharyaarSaahilCommented:
Ok read here,

How Do I Configure My Dell™ Dimension™ Series System to Boot to the CD Drive?
http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/kb/en/document?dn=1032262&c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19

and then here,

How Do I install the Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition or Windows XP Professional Edition Operating System on My Dell™ Computer?
http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/kb/en/document?dn=1060556&c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19
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Beaner1383Author Commented:

Okay, it appears to be loading now .... I was copying the original XP Home edition to the floppies and I had a Service Pack 1 CD-Rom.  I went back and remade the floppies and it is now loading from the disk.  I'll keep you posted.

Thanks for all the help.  
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SheharyaarSaahilCommented:
ohhh atlast..... :D
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Beaner1383Author Commented:
THANKS - it's finally working!!   :-D
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SheharyaarSaahilCommented:
Excellent...... ^_^
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