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Repair install hangs on installing devices

I'm trying to do a repair install on a Sony Vaio, but it hangs about 35 minutes into the setup process while installing the devices. Any idea what I can do to finish the setup?
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Lukasz ChmielewskiCommented:
check your hardware for errors, start with hdd, ram etc. it seems that some of them are corrupt therefore the installation cannot go any further

p.s. try with another media CD
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skywise00Author Commented:
Is there a way to skip the installation for that particular device? Could it be a device driver gone bad rather than the device itself?
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cantorisCommented:
If you reboot the computer and let it try that phase of the setup again does it still fail?  I thought Windows Setup keeps track of what it's done so that it knows not to re-try what has failed previously.
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skywise00Author Commented:
I've restarted the system several times now and it hangs at 35 minutes and installing devices every time.
I've taken the liberty to use the sysdm.cpl to uninstall some devices (namely the usb and network). I'm wondering if I should disable rather than uninstall those devices. Any suggestions?
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skywise00Author Commented:
Ok, gentlemen...
I've opted to just do a full reinstall. It would be great have an answer for what appears to be many people out there suffering the same issue with their XP Home SP 2 repair installations. Thanks for the suggestions though!
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cantorisCommented:
If you uninstall things during the setup, they'll probably just get redetected again - the problem is likely to be the things it hasn't managed to successfully install.  If you disable them, I don't know if they will continue to be disabled after reboot when it next attempts the install as I doubt it would solve your problem in that current boot.  I suspect the problem lies not with the attempted installation of these devices, but rather with the attempted enumeration and identification of them in the first place.

You could instead try disabling non-critical onboard devices within your laptop's BIOS.

If no help, have a look at this thread:
http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies-archive.cfm/490703.html
Look for the post by "xxwickedxx" referring to setupapi.log as he suggests a way to work out what sort of device is causing the problem and a way to try and work around the issue to allow setup to continue.  That thread also has some odd suggestions to boot into Debugging Mode using the F8 boot menu - I've no idea why that should make a difference but it appears to have helped some people!
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cantorisCommented:
D'oh looks as though I was just a little too late!
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skywise00Author Commented:
Cantoris - I already attempted to check the setupapi.log, but it would let me stating that another process was using it. The bios didn't have the option to turn anything off. The ful reinstall fixed the problem just fine though the user lost the data that was on the system. Thank goodness it wasn't much.
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