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Disk I/O error: Status = 00008000

Posted on 2005-03-24
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Last Modified: 2007-12-19

I am installing Windows 2000.  I have reformatted the disk of the old w98 so it's a clean install.  However when I boot onto the CDROM I get the following error message:

Disk I/O error: Status = 00008000

and it loads no further.

I can sucessfully load 98SE again so what is going on??

Any help would be greatly appreiated.

Question by:Jonathan_Summers
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by:Nirmal Sharma
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Did you check RAM?
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by:Nirmal Sharma
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Memtest86 - A Stand-alone Memory Diagnostic: -

I think there is some problem with Windows 2000 CD. Did you try another CD. Please check this also: -

Let me know.

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by:Nirmal Sharma
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At which stage you get this message? Do you see the "Press Any key to continue.." when you boot from the CD? Where exactly you see this message?

When you boot from the win2k cd, did you try to perform a boot repair? If yes and it didn't work then download this: -

Please answer all the questions.


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ID: 13635086
Hi and many thanks for the advice

"Memtest86 - A Stand-alone Memory Diagnostic: -"

Many thanks for this, the memory after I tested it was, and hopefully is, fine.

"I think there is some problem with Windows 2000 CD. Did you try another CD. Please check this also: -"

This set me thinking.  The disk is fine, and I burnt another from the origional image and it stopped at another point.  However the CD was NOT.  Having thought about it this CD was installed by my son in his first computer when he was 13, the computer bits were his birthday present.  He was 19 yesterday making the CD-ROM 6 years old and used more or less every day.  I prised one out of another CD and nailed it into this one and W2000 installed perfectly.

Many thanks for your pointers - problem solved.  

Jonathan Summers

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Nirmal Sharma earned 2000 total points
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Thanks :-) Glad i could be of some help.

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