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Is this correctable and the software bootable on this old system?

I formatted my HP Pavilion 6370Z disk drive to install a new OS windows xp sp2 (not an upgrade) and was unable to load from CD so used MS installation floppies , but when I put in XP disk I got error that the value on the line in [SourceDisksFiles] .SIF was corrupted or missing. How do I correct and continue installing?
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isaacjoeCommented:
When a floppy disk is bad there's usually nothing you can do to fix it, they're old technology almost completely out the door. To install windows XP from floppy disks would take dozens, maybe even hundreds of floppies, I don't think XP install floppies even exist.

You say your computer can't read the XP installation CD, can it read any CDs? If it can't, then you can buy a replacement CD drive for cheap at a used computer parts store, if it can then you'll have to get a replacement copy of windows XP, because your disk is damaged.
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TheTechGuysNYCCommented:
Have you changed the boot order in your BIOS?

If not, try entering BIOS via F2 or something hitting delete and change the boot order.

Let me know if you need further instructions...

... it couldnt very well be a cd-rom gone bad? Does the drive seemt o be functioning properly?
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happyendAuthor Commented:
This is a brand new replacement CD (not an upgrade), the six floppies came from MS web "WinXP_EN_HOM_BF" I used to have Windows 98 but lost the disk, and am installing XP for the first time.
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willcompCommented:
Test your CD drive first. Appears that XP CD cannot be read during install (SP2.cab is on CD).

Even a brand new CD can be faulty.
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willcompCommented:
One other thing: If you don't have at least 256MB RAM, try to find a copy of Win98SE or 2000 Pro. XP performance will be slow at best on a PII 350. Even on a fast PC, 256MB of RAM is minimum for anything approaching reasoable performance. 512MB is the recommended minimum and your motherboard may not support more than 256MB.

Win98SE and 2000 Pro perform well on your PC with 128MB or more of memory.
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nobusCommented:
To test your cd, try to boot from it; use a bootable cd like your xp cd, or ubcd :
http://www.majorgeeks.com/Ultimate_Boot_CD_Full_d4981.html
to boot from cd, you may have to change the boot order, or boot priority in the bios.
Access it by hitting del, F2 orF10 key (depends on your system) during boot
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Jeff BrownGlobal Helpdesk SupervisorCommented:
Ok first of all i HIGHLY don't remcomend this upgrade of the operating system
It is at the very limit  for slowest possible speed computer to run Windows XP.  You will not be happy with the performance  of the system or applications running on the system.  PII's are capable of running windows xp but all of my customers who have tried it have all complained and gotten new machines within less than 6months of doing this.   IF the computer was working fine with win98/ME/2000  i highly recomend going back to it on this machine  if XP is a requirement for something you are trying to do i highly suggest upgrading pc's to something with a little more muscle.  If you choose to go forward.  
When you start the computer hup  and get the HP start up screen   hit the F2 button and go into the bios  under BOOT ORDER  make sure the first device is the cd rom    the second device floppy third device hard drive. place the cd rom for windows xp in the drive save the settings and reboot.  Windows xp requires that you press any key to boot off of the cd and this message will appear  when its time to hit anykey and remain on screen for a short time.  if you do not hit a key  it will not boot from the cd.
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nobusCommented:
i agree that the system will be very slow; win 98 or windows2000 are much better choices !
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happyendAuthor Commented:
I will probably upgrade the motherboard soon, the cdrom is reading, the boot order change did not work.
the windows initiates with the licensing agreements which I accept and as it loads it hits a zero value where something is expected. There are many comments about this same failure or similar failures in Cab1 on the MS site. apparently it is in the WINNT.SIF file. I don't know what is in this file, but maybe it contains bios or hardware values from my system.
Yes I have 640 Mb ram (weird combo) and the speed is slow 350 MHZ.

probably need a new MB
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nobusCommented:
from author's last post :
I will probably upgrade the motherboard soon, the cdrom is reading,
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