latop rebuild problem

Hi all,

Recently my xp installation on my laptop was starting to play up (it started saying that applications that whgere running perfectly before are not valid win32 applications). Tried a repair, no joy so i thouight bugger it, its due for a rebuild, popped the disc in that came with the laptop (xp home), as soon as it gets to the saving settings part of the installation it crashes. It did this every time, so i tried a fresh copy of windows xp pro, same problem

Any ideas as i dont want to start buying replacement parts and waste money if its not going to help

cheers

Paul
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The_IT_GarageCommented:
Change the partition size to 2% less than max capacity (if it's allows you to create a 100GB partition set it to 98GB) then do a complete (not quick) format. If that works then repeat the process except set it to the max allowed.

Some people with the same problem format the drive with FAT32:
http://tinyurl.com/noote

You can convert from FAT32 to NTFS after the install without reloading XP.
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kcarrimCommented:
Have you done a virus and spyware scan?
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pab006Author Commented:
Hi,

The format goes through fine (havent tried 2% less or using fat32), so unless theres a virus thats really deep routed the format should have taken care of this.

cheers

Paul
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Nick DennyCommented:
It sounds to me it is harware related.

Could be access to the hard drive is suffering by either a failing drive or cable.
Does the drive sound ok when powered up?
Try a hard disk diagnostic from the manufacturer.
Run chkdsk /r

Could be faulty RAM. Try running memtest

http://www.memtest86.com/

When you installed the XP pro, did you run a quick format? This is indeed quick but doesnt run a surface scan for bad clusters etc.

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The_IT_GarageCommented:
"The format goes through fine (havent tried 2% less or using fat32), so unless theres a virus thats really deep routed the format should have taken care of this."

Just because the format completes fine doesn't mean it's not an issue, hence the Fat32 "fix". CHKDSK /R is also a good suggestion
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pab006Author Commented:
Hi,

how can i run the chkdisk? the os installation dosnt complete. Is it possible to get into the command line without an os installation, ie after post?

the drive sounds fine when starting up.

cheers

Paul
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The_IT_GarageCommented:
"Is it possible to get into the command line without an os installation"?  Yes
Boot from the CD and instead of "To set up Windows now..." you select "To repair a Windows installation..." (press R)

From there you should get to a command prompt where you can type CHKDSK /R
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willcompCommented:
Best to completely erase (reset) hard disk.  This program will do the trick.  There's a CD based version which is the one you need.

http://dban.sourceforge.net/

Repartitioning and re-formatting is not always sufficient.  The FAT32 conversion is a work-around that may accomplish the same end result, but I prefer to completely wipe drive and start over.
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The_IT_GarageCommented:
Thinking about this, if this doesn't work (and it might not) then this is where booting from Win98 floppies comes into play. Here's a link to a site instructing you how to create boot disks for various OS's: http://www.computerhope.com/boot.htm
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pab006Author Commented:
ok cheers, ill give it a whirl when i get home and let you know

thanks again

Paul
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whiterwhiterCommented:
You might also try
fdisk /mbr

This will usually take care of anything hiding in the boot record
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pab006Author Commented:
Hi,

Well i tried all of the above with no luck, same problem, i guess my hdd or something else is beginning to fail, time to start swapping parts. Ill split the points,

thanks for your help

Paul
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willcompCommented:
You're welcome.  Too bad nothing worked.
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