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HP VECTRA CAN'T INSTALL NEW OS,REBOOT AND BEEP

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Hello people, i'm trying to reinstall win 2000 on my pc hp vectrs vl 400 sf.
Chrono-History:
1)Boot from cd, when i try to format in NTFS pc reboot after 1%
2)Boot from cd, then i try to format in FAT pc reboot after +- 5%
3)Boot whit Win98Floppy, run fdisk to create two partitions,then format command.Finally OK.
4)So i try again to boot from win 2000 cd (So i have just formatted) and begin the copy of file.
Nothing to do...Pc reboot and beep in a strange way,everytime i try to install Win2000.
So i downloaded from hp new bios with utility, and flash the bios to the latest version.
Nothing, the same error....
I tried to change ram with another 256
Win 2000 cd is new and original,what can i do?
Hp vectra has some protection against hw replace?
in which way i can clear cmos (but bios is a fresh install)?
Help me please i'm in hurry!!!
Thanks people and sorry for my english!Ask me all details please........

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Most OS install problems are due to RAM problems - swap the ones you have for ones that you know work.  If you don't have any, try the diagnostic found at www.memtest.org .
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by:Mattia Minervini
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Thanks....but i tried with another ram.ram that works on an xp machine...
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Perhaps your hard drive has a problem with it - did you try another hard drive?  You can also try testing the hard drive with the diagnostic program from the manufacturer:

Maxtor/Quantum http://www.maxtor.com/en/support/products/index.htm
Fujitsu http://www.fcpa.fujitsu.com/download/hard-drives/#diagnostic
Samsung http://www.samsungelectronics.com/hdd/support/utilities/utilities_index.html
Seagate http://www.seagate.com/support/seatools/index.html
Western Digital http://support.wdc.com/download/index.asp?cxml=n&swid=1
IBM and Hitachi http://www.hgst.com/hdd/support/download.htm#DFT 
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by:Mattia Minervini
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Well:
-I tried Win 2000,Xp home and Pro (all original software)
-Ram of 64mb,256 and 512
-Change bios battery,flash bios with last from Hp,changed bios setting almost seventy times,
 charged bios default settings,cleared cmos
-Replaced Maxtor/Hp 20 gb with Another disk , same series, Maxtor 40 gb
-Tried with DOS COMMAND fdisk /mbr (DOS WORKS! I SHOULD USE IT!)

I not tried: replace cd-rom,power pack and floppy
(they seem to be ok,and they really should be the problem?!)
So....Cpu or Mb died?
Or ......What??!! S.O.S!!
Thanks people for my rash..and for ur help.
Nanoweb

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It could be the IDE controller on the motherboard - if the drive is on Primary IDE, try the Secondary IDE.  If they both have the same symptoms, you can get a new motherboard or buy a PCI IDE controller: http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=16-102-027&depa=1
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